21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Malibu
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are much hotter (45°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park attractions site.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are cooler (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then don't miss a visit to The Senate. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll through Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Simeon online travel planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 1st (Thu), stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, explore the world behind art at National Steinbeck Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, explore the galleries of Carmel Mission, then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planning app.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Monterey are colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Walt Disney Family Museum and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Wayfarers Chapel are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Battleship USS Iowa Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour itinerary tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Malibu

— 3 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Villa and Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum. Step out of the city life by going to El Pescador State Beach and Carbon Beach. Take a break from Malibu with a short trip to Big Sycamore Canyon Hike in Newbury Park, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Malibu Country Mart, do a tasting at Malibu Family Wines, enjoy the sand and surf at Surfrider Beach, and stroll around Malibu Bluffs Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Malibu online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Malibu: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 21°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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.