21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Carmel
— 2 nights
2
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
7
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, look for gifts at Trio Carmel, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Lexington to Carmel is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Lexington to Carmel due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lexington in June, with highs in Carmel at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Get a sense of the local culture at Whalebone Vineyard and Camp Roberts Historical Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Friends of the Elephant Seal and Moonstone Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Cambria Nursery and Florist (in Cambria), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach & Piedras Blancas). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paso Robles sightseeing planner.

Drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cambria, Camp Roberts Historical Museum, Morro Rock, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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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.
On the 16th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, look for gifts at Italian Pottery Outlet, thenmake a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally shop like a local with State Street Underpass.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip app.

Drive from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paso Robles in June, plan for cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market ©
Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Italian Pottery Outlet ©
Italian Pottery Outlet

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then go deep underground at Eureka Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, thenget great views at Dante's View, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from Santa Barbara in June, plan for much hotter days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Lakeside Beach, thenstroll through Meeks Bay Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe travel planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining). The adventure continues: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. In June in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Glass Beach. Get in touch with nature at Black Sands Beach and Noyo Headlands Park. Step out of Fort Bragg with an excursion to Briceland Vineyards in Redway--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, get engrossed in the history at Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg takes 19.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June; daily highs in Fort Bragg reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach, Briceland Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fort Bragg in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. On the 30th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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