22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip builder

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, don't miss a visit to Patrick Amiot, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

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Aarhus, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll around Mariposa Grove, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 2nd (Thu), take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (45°C), and nights are much hotter (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Monica Pier and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Annenberg Community Beach House. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, shop like a local with The Grove, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 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. On the 8th (Wed), stop by AiX, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.