21 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
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Moss Landing
— 1 night
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Tahoe City
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Moss Beach (Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve & Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, stop by Chinatown, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Point Reyes National Seashore — 2 nights

On the 18th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Bolinas Lagoon, stroll through Tomales Point Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Tomales Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tule Elk Preserve and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Point Reyes Safaris.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Point Reyes National Seashore road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Point Reyes National Seashore to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Moss Landing.
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Moss Landing — 1 night

Moss Landing is a census designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Elkhorn Slough Safari, then identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sante Adairius Rustic Ales.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Moss Landing trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Point Reyes National Seashore to Moss Landing in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Point Reyes National Seashore in August: highs in Moss Landing hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tahoe City.
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Tahoe City — 1 night

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the galleries of Tahoe City Field Station, cast your line with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, and then stroll through Five Lakes Creek Trailhead.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tahoe City trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Moss Landing to Tahoe City by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Moss Landing in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Tahoe City: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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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, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker.

You can drive from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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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 26th (Sat): hike along Buena Vista Peak Trail, take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, and then trek along Congress Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.
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San Diego — 3 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.
Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Free Flight (in Del Mar). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and discover the deep blue sea with San Diego Scuba Guide.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary website.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). Pack the 31st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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