21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
4
Bakersfield
— Few hours
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
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Sacramento
— 3 nights
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 day

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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.
On the 28th (Sun), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary website.

Moscow, Russia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Los Angeles is minus 11 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ©
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Popular historic sites such as Venice Canals Walkway and Christ Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Citadel Outlets and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Irvine Spectrum Center (in Irvine), Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Ventura Harbor Village (in Ventura). See even more of Los Angeles: enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, explore the world behind art at ESMoA, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Malibu, ESMoA, Irvine Spectrum Center, Rodeo Drive, Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters
Highlights from your plan
Ventura Harbor Village ©
Ventura Harbor Village
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

few
hours
Bakersfield

Bakersfield
To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Los Angeles to Bakersfield by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Bakersfield to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to Monterey.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bakersfield to Monterey takes 4 hours. Traveling from Bakersfield in August, expect nights in Monterey to be slightly colder, around 16°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
California State Railroad Museum and Governor's Mansion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Empire Mine State Historic Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sacramento: Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum (in Auburn), Lazy Dog Chocolateria (in Grass Valley) and Cantiga Wineworks (in Somerset). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sacramento day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Monterey to Sacramento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Grass Valley, Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum, Cantiga Wineworks, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Sacramento in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Patrick Amiot, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Sebastian General Store, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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