21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Anaheim
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Madrid

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning site .

Madrid, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Madrid to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Lake Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, cruise along Generals Hwy, and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Step out of Anaheim to go to Dana Point and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Tue) at Disneyland Park. Next up on the itinerary: make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and experience the excitement of Star Wars Launch Bay.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Anaheim online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Anaheim are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday planning site .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In August, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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