22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
5
Carmel
— 1 night
6
Big Sur
— 2 nights
7
San Diego
— 1 night
8
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
9
Newport Beach
— 2 nights
10
Dana Point
— 3 nights

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), stop by Amoeba Music and then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, thentake a stroll through Montana Avenue, thentake a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Dallas to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. In March in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors 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.
On the 23rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Death Valley National Park, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a bus 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.
Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Mariposa Grove. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip website.

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are colder (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
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.
Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, stroll around Washington Square, take a stroll through Union Square, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning website.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around °F, while nights are much hotter with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carmel are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Partington Cove, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, thenkick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur journey planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. 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
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation maker site.

Getting from Big Sur to San Diego by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in April, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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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: kick back and relax at Newport Beach, take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Laguna Beach online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Diego to Laguna Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Huntington Dog Beach, wander the streets of Downtown Huntington Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wedge.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Newport Beach trip planner.

Newport Beach is just a stone's throw from Laguna Beach. In April in Newport Beach, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dana Point.

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Temecula Olive Oil Company and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dana Point online attractions planner.

Drive from Newport Beach to Dana Point in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dana Point

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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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