21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planning tool .

Portland to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, trek along Panorama Trail, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

5
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, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take a stroll through SoMa.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in St. Helena hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

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