21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + bus:  21​h
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 9th (Wed), shop like a local with El Paseo Shopping District, view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, then shop like a local with Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then look for gifts at Brandini Toffee, and finally admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Palm Springs is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, you will find days in Palm Springs are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are colder (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco journey planner.

You can fly from Palm Springs to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): shop like a local with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally stop by The Cheese Shop. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Venture Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel attractions planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in January, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

2
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Get outdoors at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and Castle Lake. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fort Crook Museum and Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Large Junk Art Sculptures in Cassel (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shasta Ski Park and look for gifts at The Weed Store.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mount Shasta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Mount Shasta takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, Mount Shasta is a bit warmer at night with lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

The Weed Store, Large Junk Art Sculptures, Fort Crook Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Fort Crook Museum ©
Fort Crook Museum
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Fall Canyon and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to Death Valley National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mount Shasta in January: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 17°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica Bay and Bronson Caves. The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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