21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Death Valley Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Carmel
— 3 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Copenhagen

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and then take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and subway. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in October, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, do a tasting at Pech Merle Winery Tasting Lounge, then learn about winemaking at Mercury Wine, and finally do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Calistoga sightseeing planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Calistoga when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Geyserville, Robert Mondavi Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Mercury Wine ©
Mercury Wine

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 in touch with nature at Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tunnel View and Glacier Point. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Calistoga in October, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 21°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

2
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Lone Pine Film History Museums and then trek along Moro Rock. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lone Pine trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Lone Pine in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October; daily highs in Lone Pine reach 28°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Independence
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

2
nights
Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction ©
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then explore the activities along Badwater, and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley Junction tour planner.

You can drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley Junction in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lone Pine in October since evenings lows in Death Valley Junction dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): browse the different shops at The Grove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley Junction to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Death Valley Junction in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 3rd (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street, do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards - Los Olivos Tasting Room, then do a tasting at tercero wines, and finally do a tasting at Carhartt Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 24°C and lows are around 8°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Tercero Wines ©
Tercero Wines

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Carlsbad State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in November since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

3
nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and A Taste of Monterey - Wine Market & Bistro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, and cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in November: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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