21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 1 day
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Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Petersen Automotive Museum and The Broad. Head to LA Farmers' Market and The Grovefor plenty of shopping. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles route planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Los Angeles is minus 10 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery. On the next day, stop by Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Kids will enjoy Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carmel travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Walt Disney Family Museum. There's still lots to do: hike along Lands End and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Mammoth Lakes

— 3 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Minaret Vista and Valley View. There's still lots to do: stroll through Earthquake Fault, take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, have some family-friendly fun at Mammoth Adventure Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Horseshoe Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Mammoth Lakes are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon and then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 45°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature

San Diego

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online attractions planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in San Diego are much colder (29°C), and nights are a bit cooler (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.