21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Beverly Hills
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Wawona
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain, and finally appreciate the history behind Fountain of Life.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs day trip planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Palm Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Montreal, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 48°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, look for gifts at Kogei Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, and finally kick back and relax at Newport Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, then don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach.

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Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Beverly Hills

— 2 nights
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. On the 7th (Tue), examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, and then take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Beverly Hills trip app.

Beverly Hills is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in Beverly Hills to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 9th (Thu), look for gifts at Ostrich Land, then take a stroll around Visitor Center, and then get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Beverly Hills to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Beverly Hills in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Wawona

— 3 nights
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Half Dome. Change things up with these side-trips from Wawona: Yosemite National Park (Sentinel Dome, Yosemite Museum Gallery, &more).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wawona travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Wawona in 7 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Wawona when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Wawona

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Cable Car Museum. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and stroll through Lands End.

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You can drive from Wawona to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Wawona in July, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Yosemite National Park travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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. There isn't just one icon by which the park defines itself; visitors divide their attention between the smooth, round, and colossal face of Half Dome, the sheer cliff of El Capitan, the striking Upper Yosemite Falls, the mighty Vernal Falls, and the widely stretched Yosemite Valley. This landscape draws outdoor enthusiasts with its array of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and fishing rivers and streams. Casual visitors feel at home here too, thanks to the handful of paved roads that provide easy vehicle access to numerous vista points and trailheads. Yosemite sees 3.7 million visitors per year on average, but 95 percent of the park is wilderness that offers the opportunity to glimpse black bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.