22 days in California & Colorado Itinerary

22 days in California & Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Valparaiso, Florida
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  6 h
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Gateway
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Valparaiso, Florida

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker site.

Valparaiso to San Diego is an approximately 8- hour flight. Traveling from Valparaiso to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Valparaiso in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

4
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 State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Popular historic sites such as Hollyhock House and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, enjoy the sand and surf at Original Muscle Beach, and visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route maker site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1
night
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. On the 3rd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in June, with highs in Carmel at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Hayes Valley. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Fort Point, and stop by SoMa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip website.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course, and get great views at Valley View.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then hike along Never Summer Ranch, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Estes Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with highs in Estes Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 15th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Estes Park in June, with highs in Aspen at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Gateway.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Anderson Ranch Arts Center ©
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

1
night
Gateway

Gateway
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Gateway journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Gateway takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: high temperatures in Gateway hover around 87°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gateway

Museums

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