20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ghirardelli Square. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read St. Helena tour website .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trip

Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip website .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. When traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Four Mile Trail.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour builder tool .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Do your shopping at The Grove and Amoeba Music. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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