20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + subway + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Oakville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mission Beach Park and La Jolla Shores Park. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego online vacation planner .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in June: highs in San Diego hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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.
Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Watts Towers. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, enjoy some music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier, Zuma Beach, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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. On the 12th (Tue), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Carmel travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Carmel reach 68°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company in Bear Valley--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, hike along Wawona Meadow, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Oakville.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Oakville

Oakville ©
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. On the 19th (Tue), do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Inglenook.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oakville online trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Oakville in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Oakville, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Schramsberg Vineyards, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Baker Beach and China Beach. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco planner .

You can drive from Oakville to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Oakville in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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