21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tahoe City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly

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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tahoe City.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Tahoe City — 2 nights

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): trek along Eagle Falls Trail and then stroll through Eagle Rock Hiking Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tahoe City trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Tahoe City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Tahoe City are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Adventure
Side Trips

Yosemite National Park — 5 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.
On the 29th (Fri), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along North Dome, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

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You can drive from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Tahoe City in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern and then stroll through Congress Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

San Diego — 3 nights

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.
Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 7th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.