20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Jenner
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Ljubljana

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Ljubljana in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, and then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pope Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, and then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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Bakersfield

Bakersfield
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore and take pictures at Kern County Raceway Park and then have fun at McMurtry Aquatic Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bakersfield trip app .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bakersfield by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, Bakersfield is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
McMurtry Aquatic Center
McMurtry Aquatic Center
Kern County Raceway Park ©
Kern County Raceway Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Moonstone Beach, look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation planning website .

Getting from Bakersfield to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bakersfield in July; daily highs in San Simeon reach 40°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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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 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, then savor the flavors at Roundman's Smoke House, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Big River, admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, and then kick back and relax at Seaside Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Jenner.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big River
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

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nights
Jenner

Jenner ©
Jenner is a small coastal town and census-designated place (CDP) with a population of about 136 in Sonoma County, California, U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bodega Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sea Ranch Chapel, then trek along Gualala Point Regional Park, and then kick back and relax at Goat Rock Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Jenner trip simple and quick.

Drive from Fort Bragg to Jenner in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Fort Bragg in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Jenner, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Jenner

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Dunes, Gualala Point Regional Park, Sea Ranch Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Jenner to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jenner in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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