20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Bakersfield
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
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Mendocino
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 5 nights

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Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to San Diego.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

San Diego — 1 night

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 13th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Beach Boardwalk, then discover the deep blue sea with San Diego Scuba Guide, and then examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonlight State Beach, admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, and then stroll through Swami's Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at General George S. Patton Memorial Museum and then hike along Cottonwood Spring. Keep things going the next day: trek along Arch Rock Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park online holiday planner.

Getting from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in March: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 11°C. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course, and finally get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in March, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.
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Bakersfield — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and then tee off at The Links at Riverlakes Ranch.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bakersfield trip planning website.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Bakersfield by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, Bakersfield is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valley View and Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Take a break from the city and head to Four Mile Trail and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Fish Camp and see Ascent Spa, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, trek along May Lake Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bakersfield to Yosemite National Park. In March, Yosemite National Park is colder than Bakersfield - with highs of 13°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 1 night

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, fly down the slopes at Ski Butlers South Lake Tahoe, and then fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.
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Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
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Mount Shasta — 2 nights

Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. On the 23rd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at The McCloud Heritage Junction Museum and then head outdoors with McCloud Outdoors & Gear Exchange. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, stop by Soul Connections, and then glide through natural beauty at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mount Shasta tour planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Mount Shasta takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in March since evenings lows in Mount Shasta dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mendocino.
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Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Winter Sports
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Mendocino — 1 night

Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 25th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Ford House Visitor Center & Museum and then relax and rejuvenate at Mendocino Massage.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mendocino trip planning site.

Drive from Mount Shasta to Mendocino in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mount Shasta in March; daily highs in Mendocino reach 22°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Tamalpais State Park and Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail. Get in touch with nature at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Baker Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company, pause for some serene contemplation at Grace Cathedral, and visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mendocino to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mendocino in March since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.
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