22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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Truckee
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Zuma Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nicholas Canyon Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Malibu to see Malibu Lagoon State Beach about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Santa Monica Bay, get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Durham to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Durham to Los Angeles. In July, Los Angeles is little chillier than Durham - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

San Diego — 4 nights

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Windansea Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Black's Beach and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, stroll around La Jolla Shores Park, and discover the deep blue sea with San Diego Scuba Guide.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): cruise along Generals Hwy, get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then trek along Moro Rock Trail. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern and then stroll through Congress Trail.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. On the 14th (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe — 3 nights

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Visit Pope Beach and Meeks Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Kiva Beach and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to Tahoe City and see Commons Beach Park, which is approximately 50 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Truckee.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Truckee — 1 night

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at West End Beach and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Truckee road trip tool.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Truckee when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Chinatown, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and visit Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Truckee to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Truckee in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.