21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Sat), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): engage your brain at Exploratorium, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find photos and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, then stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take a stroll through Rodeo Drive and then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica travel itinerary planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Monica, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks · Beaches · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in San Diego sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 64°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 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. Carmel is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, make a trip to Carmel Beach Boardwalk, and wander the streets of Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in June, with highs in Carmel at 68°F and lows at 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.