21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  29​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Mumbai, India to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 13 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Mumbai in January, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 7°C and lows at -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Paseo Shopping District and Borrego Art Institute. Take a break from the city and head to Slot Canyon and Toscana Country Club. Step out of Palm Springs to go to Palm Desert and see CODA Gallery, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Brandini Toffee, look for all kinds of wild species at South Lykken Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs day trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Palm Springs. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 25°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
CODA Gallery ©
CODA Gallery
Borrego Art Institute ©
Borrego Art Institute

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cambria Nursery & Florist and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Change things up with these side-trips from Cambria: Fiona Bleu Gallery (in Morro Bay) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cambria trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Palm Springs to Cambria in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect Cambria to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Fiona Bleu Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monterey Bay and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Coast Gallery Big Sur in Big Sur, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carmel online trip maker .

Getting from Cambria to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Cambria in January, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Ramini Mozzarella (in Tomales), Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa) and Trinchero Napa Valley (in St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, get into the urban bustle at Civic Center, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ramini Mozzarella, Trinchero Napa Valley, Castello di Amorosa, Comstock Wines, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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