21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Malibu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  6​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Lovers Point.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary builder tool .

London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Escape the urban bustle at El Pescador State Beach and El Matador State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Westward Beach and Zuma Beach. Step out of Malibu to go to Point Mugu and see Point Mugu State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nicholas Canyon Beach, admire the masterpieces at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, grab your bike and head to Backbone Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Surfrider Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Malibu trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Malibu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Malibu, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Point Mugu State Park
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Carbon Beach ©
Carbon Beach

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Redondo Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Huntington Dog Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach.

Plan trip to Los Angeles with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Huntington Dog Beach, Manhattan Beach, Seal Beach, Redondo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Huntington Dog Beach ©
Huntington Dog Beach

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range and then explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range

4
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.
Visiting Taft Point and El Capitan will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, trek along Four Mile Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Presidio of San Francisco and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: stroll through Lands End, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Lands End ©
Lands End

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