21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
7
San Diego
— 1 day

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Petersen Automotive Museum and The Getty Center. 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: admire the masterpieces at The Broad, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

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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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairo in July, with highs in Los Angeles at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disney California Adventure Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, thenidentify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sebastian General Store, thendo a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be slightly colder, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone 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. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Kids will enjoy Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel Mission. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
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 Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Lands End. There's more to do: examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco route planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Earthquake Fault. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin. Take a break from Mammoth Lakes with a short trip to Valley View in Yosemite National Park, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Minaret Vista, get your game on at Mammoth Adventure Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Horseshoe Lake, and examine the collection at Eleven53 Interpretive Center.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes travel planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Valley View ©
Valley View

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
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 °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °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
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, thenstroll 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 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°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 Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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