21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Ferry Building Marketplace make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. 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 travel 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

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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 out of the city life by going to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Kids will enjoy El Capitan and Olmsted Point. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Panorama Trail, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park attractions site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Partington Cove). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, steep yourself in history at Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by combination of bus and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for 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

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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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Shores Park and La Jolla Cove. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in August: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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 15th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, don't miss a visit to State Street Underpass, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Grassini Family Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Global Gardens, learn about winemaking at Tercero Wines, then do a tasting at Sunstone Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach.

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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 August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Santa Barbara. 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, Butterfly Beach, Sunstone Winery
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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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 explore and learn at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Japanese American National Museum. Attractions like Santa Monica State Beach and The Grove make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to 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. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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