21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Calistoga
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Mariposa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mariposa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

few
hours
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Sterling Vineyards has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Calistoga road trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Calistoga hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Sterling Vineyards ©
Sterling Vineyards
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park ©

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
You've now added Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park to your itinerary.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip maker website .

You can drive from Calistoga to Sacramento in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Calistoga in July, things will get a bit warmer in Sacramento: highs are around 39°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Mariposa

Mariposa
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mariposa trip planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Mariposa in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mariposa can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mariposa

Outdoors Parks Tours

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hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Valley Visitor Center.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Mariposa to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mariposa in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mariposa.

1
night
Mariposa

Mariposa ©
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Mariposa online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Mariposa. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect Mariposa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 20°C. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Mariposa

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Silicon Valley
Highlights from your plan
Silicon Valley ©
Silicon Valley

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Roaring Camp Railroads has been added to your itinerary.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz attractions planner .

Getting from Mariposa to Santa Cruz by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Mariposa, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Camp Railroads ©
Roaring Camp Railroads

1
night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey visit planning site .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Monterey are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 40°C. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Palm Springs journey planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. In July, Palm Springs is much hotter than Santa Barbara - with highs of 49°C and lows of 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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