22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
6
Big Sur
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Newport Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
10
Dana Point
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Thu), look for gifts at Amoeba Music and then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Dallas to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to Los Angeles. March in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in March, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Union Square, make a trip to Washington Square, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are warmer (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carmel travel route planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Trails Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur route planner.

Big Sur is just a stone's throw from Carmel. March in Big Sur sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Holman Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in April, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 71°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

3
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Newport Beach, take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Old Town Temecula, South Coast Plaza, Oceanside Pier, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
On the 6th (Sat), look for gifts at The Camp and then browse the different shops at Fashion Island. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Huntington Dog Beach, wander the streets of Downtown Huntington Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wedge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport Beach route maker app .

Newport Beach is just a short distance from Laguna Beach. In April, daytime highs in Newport Beach are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Huntington Beach, The Camp
Highlights from your plan
Huntington Dog Beach ©
Huntington Dog Beach
The Wedge ©
The Wedge
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Dana Point

Dana Point ©
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Temecula Olive Oil Company and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dana Point trip builder app .

Dana Point is just a stone's throw from Newport Beach. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dana Point

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, San Clemente
Highlights from your plan
Doheny State Beach ©
Doheny State Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings
San Clemente State Beach ©
San Clemente State Beach

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