20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

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Los Angeles
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Fort Bragg
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 21st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip site.

Bellingham to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bellingham in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get great views at Dante's View. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 98°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cambria road trip app.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Cambria takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: high temperatures in Cambria hover around 93°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Bragg

— 1 night
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and then go for a walk through Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and then kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg online tour planner.

Getting from Cambria to Fort Bragg by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. In June in Fort Bragg, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Ramini Mozzarella (in Tomales) and Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in Sebastopol). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, take in the exciting artwork at Eden Fine Art, and stop by Marina District.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip builder app.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

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Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.