22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Hollywood & Highland. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Victoria Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Temecula (Wilson Creek Winery & Old Town Temecula). Have a day of magic on the 26th (Fri) at Disneyland Park. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Temecula, Disneyland Park, San Clemente Pier, Oceanside Pier, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, stop by Sebastian General Store, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Simeon itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Peachy Canyon Winery, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

3
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 29th (Mon): stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Lovers Point and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lovers Point, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Bodega Dunes in Bodega, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Union Square, and get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground and then immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

D.L. Bliss State Park, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ©
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
D.L. Bliss State Park ©
D.L. Bliss State Park

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 Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, stroll through Panorama Trail, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday maker site .

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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