20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 1 night
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 8th (Wed), stop by AiX, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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 Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

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 and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and Amoeba Music. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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.