21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows. Explore hidden gems such as El Capitan and Tioga Pass. There's lots more to do: trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are little chillier (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Get outdoors at Monterey Bay and McWay Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, &more). The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and contemplate the long history of Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey road trip planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Maritime Museum of San Diego and USS Midway Museum. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Shores Park and La Jolla Cove. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip maker.

You can fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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 1st (Wed), admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Global Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Tercero Wines, then do a tasting at Sunstone Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach.

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara driving holiday website.

Getting from San Diego to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect little chillier with lows of 56°F in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Griffith Observatory. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Bergamot Station about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 83°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.