21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6 h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Atlanta

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, get a bird's-eye view with Air Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planner.

Atlanta to San Diego is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Atlanta in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks, and then cruise along Geology Tour Road.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for much warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 103°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak

3
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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 16th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, plan for colder days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 19th (Sun): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carmel online route planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Carmel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 69°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 21st (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, trek along Partington Cove, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, thensnap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from Rocky Creek Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning app.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, hike along Mariposa Grove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route website.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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