20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bellingham
Drive:  21​h
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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taxi + bus + subway + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Bellingham

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hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Bellingham to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bellingham in June, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 22nd (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then cruise along Artists Dr.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 98°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Cambria takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect Cambria to be a bit cooler, temps between 93°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Rock, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
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 look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and then kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg road trip planning website .

You can drive from Cambria to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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 Muir Woods National Monument. Step off the beaten path and head to Bodega Dunes and Ramini Mozzarella. Step out of San Francisco to go to Sebastopol and see Sebastopol Center for the Arts, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Ramini Mozzarella, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carmel River State Beach and Seventeen Mile Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip maker tool .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bridalveil Fall and Tuolumne Meadows. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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