21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Munich
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Munich

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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, stroll through Children's Pool, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego road trip website .

Munich, Germany to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to San Diego is minus 9 hours. In May, San Diego is a bit warmer than Munich - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Original Muscle Beach. Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel site .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, trek along Mariposa Grove, and explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planning tool .

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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
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 the 14th (Thu), stop by AiX, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel journey builder website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Carmel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Step out of the city life by going to Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes. Modus Operandi Cellars and Mumm Napa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to B Cellars Vineyards and Winery (in Oakville) and St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg travel route planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Healdsburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect nights in Healdsburg to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Mumm Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Bodega Dunes, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll around Civic Center, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and take a stroll through The Castro.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in May, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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