21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles

— 5 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 Annenberg Community Beach House or The Grove. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and The Getty Center. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Barnsdall Art Park, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online driving holiday planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 11 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Simeon sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 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. Head to Gallery by the Sea Carmel and Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and look for gifts at AiX.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker site.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, approximately Bridgeport away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, hike along Mariposa Grove, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 5 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 Mumm Napa and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Union Square, get curious at Exploratorium, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.