21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary builder website.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Vernal Fall, Taft Point, &more).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary app.

Fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

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.