22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

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Bus to Dublin, Fly to Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and The Getty Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Avila Adobe. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Watts Towers, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles planning website.

Belfast, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Belfast to Los Angeles. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Belfast in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

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 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, cruise along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online tour builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. The adventure continues: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park. On your second day here, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Congress Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

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 10th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon day trip planning app.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the activities along Monterey Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 2 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, explore the galleries of Trees of Mystery, and then kick back and relax at Enderts Beach. On your second day here, hike along Stout Grove, then admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Crescent City holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Crescent City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Crescent City, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Bothe-Napa State Park. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Honig Vineyard & Winery (in Rutherford) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning tool.

Fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.