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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Twin Peaks and Asian Art Museum. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take a stroll through Union Square, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online day trip planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Panorama Trail and Sentinel Dome. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Tunnel View. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. On the 14th (Fri), 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
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, contemplate the long history of Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey day trip tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Jolla Shores Park and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and stroll through La Jolla Cove.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Monterey to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monterey in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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.
On the 21st (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards. On the next day, look for gifts at 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.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planning site .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

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.
Do your shopping at The Grove and Bergamot Station. Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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