20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

2
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.
Shop till you drop at The Grove and Amoeba Music. The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). It doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Chicago in May, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Visiting Badwater Basin and Gower Gulch Loop will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Fall Canyon, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 98°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
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 6th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Cambria Nursery & Florist, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, shop like a local with Fiona Bleu Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cambria trip maker site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Cambria in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Head to Carmel Art Association and The Cheese Shopfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more) and Monterey Bay (in Monterey). There's more to do: cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning site .

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in June, plan for colder days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, wander the streets of Union Square, and tee off at Lincoln Park.

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

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, browse the exhibits of Kelley House Museum, and then explore the activities along Big River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Fort Bragg are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Fort Bragg in June; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 79°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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