21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Copenhagen

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. Traveling from Copenhagen to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and El Capitan. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and hike along Wawona Meadow.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, contemplate the long history of Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. It doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary tool .

Getting from Monterey to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in August, with highs in San Diego at 30°C and lows at 23°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Global Gardens, do a tasting at Tercero Wines, then do a tasting at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in August since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach for some beach relaxation. Shop till you drop at Amoeba Music and The Grove. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Bergamot Station about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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