22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Klamath
— 1 night
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Drive to Jack Mc Namara Field Airport, Fly to McCarran International Airport, Drive to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to McDonald's, 601, South Main Street, Lone Pine, Inyo County, California, 93545, United States of America, Bus to Harbor Freeway Station, Fly to Paris CDG

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument. On the next day, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then trek along Lands End, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip tool.

Paris, France to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Paris to San Francisco. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Carmel Mission, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at AiX, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 3 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.
Do your shopping at Camarillo Premium Outlets and The Woolworth Building. Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Ostrich Land (in Buellton). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, get reinvigorated at Salt Cave, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planning site.

Drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Tours · Wineries · 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronado Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). The adventure continues: stroll through La Jolla Shores Park, get interesting insight from Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Seaport Village.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip tool.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and finally hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills, then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, then contemplate the long history of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, and finally explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning site.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are much warmer, around 43°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows. Visiting Lembert Dome and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planning app.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Klamath

— 1 night
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Redwood National Park. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Trees of Mystery, stop by Rumiano Cheese Company, hike along Stout Grove, then admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Klamath journey tool.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Klamath with the Route module. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for colder days in Klamath, with highs around 19°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 20th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to Death Valley National Park. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Klamath in July, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 45°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.