21 days in California & Concord Itinerary

21 days in California & Concord Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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Concord
— 2 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.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online visit planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Taipei to San Francisco. Traveling from Taipei in December, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 16th (Mon): stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, stroll through Del Mar Beach, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then shop like a local with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Appreciate the collections at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are colder with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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.
For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Hammer Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

San Diego

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Concord.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Concord

— 2 nights
Concord is a city in Cabarrus County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Mustang Owner's Museum and then see the interesting displays at North Carolina Transportation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Village Store, then have fun and explore at Discovery Place Kids-Huntersville, and then examine the collection at Backing Up Classics Auto Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Concord trip tool.

Getting from San Diego to Concord by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in December, with highs in Concord at 16°C and lows at 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Concord

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.