21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Boulder Creek
— 1 day
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Paicines
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
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Marina
— 1 night
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Pacific Grove
— 3 nights
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Pebble Beach
— 2 nights
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Moss Landing
— 3 nights
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Carmel

— 4 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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Scenic Road Walkway, Carmel Surf Lessons and Garrapata State Park. Visiting Pfeiffer State Beach and Natural Bridges State Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Partington Cove. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur, about 56 minutes away.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online travel planner.

Memphis to Carmel is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Carmel is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Memphis in May, with highs in Carmel at 65°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Boulder Creek.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Boulder Creek

— 1 day
Boulder Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, with a population of 4,923 as of the 2010 census.Boulder Creek served as the upper terminus of the San Lorenzo Valley Logging Flume terminating in Felton, which began construction in 1874 and when formally opened in October 1875 was augmented by a new rail line to transport logs to the wharf in Santa Cruz. You've now added Big Basin Redwoods State Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove and then immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Discover how to plan a Boulder Creek trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Carmel to Boulder Creek in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Boulder Creek: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Boulder Creek

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): trek along Gaylor Lake and then stroll through Lembert Dome. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Rainbow Pool and then hike along Merced Grove.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel route builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boulder Creek to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Boulder Creek in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Paicines.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Paicines

— 2 nights
The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680ft above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. You've now added Pinnacles National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pinnacles National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paicines itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Paicines. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, Paicines is a bit warmer at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in Paicines

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've now added Limekiln State Park to your itinerary. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Paicines to Big Sur in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paicines in June: highs in Big Sur hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. You will leave for Marina on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Marina

— 1 night
Marina is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. Marina State Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Marina State Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marina day trip planning site.

Drive from Big Sur to Marina in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 7th (Thu), you're off to Pacific Grove.

Things to do in Marina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

Pacific Grove

— 3 nights
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. Asilomar State Beach has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Grove Sanctuary and then stroll through Asilomar State Beach.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Pacific Grove online trip builder.

Pacific Grove is just a stone's throw from Marina. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

Pebble Beach

— 2 nights
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Lone Cypress has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Lone Cypress.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pebble Beach trip planner.

Pebble Beach is just a stone's throw from Pacific Grove. In June, daytime highs in Pebble Beach are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. You will leave for Moss Landing on the 12th (Tue).
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Moss Landing

— 3 nights
Moss Landing is a census designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Rio Del Mar State Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Moss Landing trip site.

Moss Landing is very close to Pebble Beach. In June, daily temperatures in Moss Landing can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Moss Landing

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.