20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Fortuna
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to Bergamot Station and Citadel Outletsfor some retail therapy. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Avila Adobe will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday maker .

Mumbai, India to Los Angeles is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Mumbai to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much colder, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Norton Simon Museum, Bergamot Station
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 6th (Sun), stop by Chocolate Maya, hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, then look for gifts at Bart's Books, and finally look for gifts at VOM FASS Ventura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, wander the streets of State Street, then look for gifts at Global Gardens, and finally stop by The Good Life.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara journey planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Global Gardens, Bart's Books, The Good Life, VOM FASS Ventura
Highlights from your plan
Bart's Books ©
Bart's Books
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Good Life ©
The Good Life

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company, look for gifts at The Garden Gallery, then look for gifts at The Shell Shop, and finally stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Lucia Apothecary ©
Lucia Apothecary

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel day trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Bridalveil Fall. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Wawona Meadow. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Tunnel View, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Fortuna.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
night
Fortuna

Fortuna ©
Fortuna is a city the northeast shore of the Eel River, and is on U.S. Planning Fortuna trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fortuna in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Fortuna is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fortuna

Shopping

Side Trip

Golden Gait Mercantile
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gait Mercantile ©
Golden Gait Mercantile

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Fortuna to San Francisco. While traveling from Fortuna, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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