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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Exploratorium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planning app .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) 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
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tunnel View and El Capitan. Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: trek along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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. Get outdoors at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Bay. Family-friendly places like Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: stop by The Cheese Shop and contemplate the long history of Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online attractions planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Monterey to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. On the 11th (Sun), 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
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. There's more to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary builder website .

Getting from Monterey to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monterey in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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 15th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): stop by Global Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Tercero Wines, then learn about winemaking at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara attractions planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from San Diego in August, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Getty Center and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. You'll explore and learn at Griffith Observatory and The Grammy Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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