21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bakersfield
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
San Simeon
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  25​h
End: Moscow

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.
On the 28th (Sun), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Third Street Promenade, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

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Moscow, Russia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

1
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.
On the 30th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then make a trip to Seaport Village.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego tour planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ventura Harbor Village and Pageant of the Masters. Step out of the city life by going to Zuma Beach and El Matador State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Irvine Spectrum Center (in Irvine), Anaheim (Christ Cathedral & Disneyland Park) and ESMoA (in El Segundo). Enjoy Los Angeles some more: examine the collection at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, revel in the low prices at Citadel Outlets, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

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 a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu, Christ Cathedral, Disneyland Park, Irvine Spectrum Center, 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
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield road trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Bakersfield in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Bakersfield reach 43°C and lows reach 26°C. You'll set off for Monterey on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Nature Outdoors

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Lovers Point, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner .

You can drive from Bakersfield to Monterey in 4 hours. When traveling from Bakersfield in August, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can 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
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

3
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Empire Mine State Historic Park. California State Railroad Museum and California State Capitol Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Sacramento's surroundings by going to Lazy Dog Chocolateria (in Grass Valley), Cantiga Wineworks (in Somerset) and Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum (in Auburn). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Old Sacramento, get engrossed in the history at Governor's Mansion, and admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Sacramento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Monterey, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Union Square, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour builder tool .

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 in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
day
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): look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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