22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary maker

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit planning tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kids will appreciate attractions like Taft Point and Nevada Falls Loop. Explore Mammoth Lakes' surroundings by going to Yosemite National Park (Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, &more).

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes road trip planning tool.

Fly from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 12th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: get lost in a book at Camarillo Public Library, observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mammoth Lakes to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in May, with highs in Santa Barbara at 25°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

San Diego

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and admire the striking features of Watts Towers.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

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.