22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Pittsburgh

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Jolla Shores Park. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by LA Farmers' Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington Dog Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Pittsburgh to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Jolla Shores Park, Huntington Dog Beach, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Casa del Herrero, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura, then stroll through Cabrillo Bike Path, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, stroll through Thousand Steps Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at East Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect Santa Barbara to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mission San Buenaventura
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
East Beach ©
East Beach

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip website .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, look for gifts at AiX, and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lovers Point.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip maker .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Monterey hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, then wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, then immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and then learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Carmel trip app .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bird Rock Vista Point, Andrew Molera State Park, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bird Rock Vista Point ©
Bird Rock Vista Point

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Muir Woods National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Twin Peaks.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online attractions planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Goat Rock Beach, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Trail and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Yosemite Falls. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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