22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Malibu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 3 nights
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Santa Monica
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Exploratorium and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder app.

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Dante's View, trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 101°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Malibu

— 3 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, then stroll through Carbon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, and finally kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, and then stroll through Paradise Cove.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu online vacation planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Malibu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and tram. Expect colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: highs in Malibu hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 3 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Stout Grove, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Crescent Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Wilson Creek Beach, take an unorthodox tour of Trees of Mystery, then cruise along Howland Hill Road, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean World.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Crescent City holiday planner.

You can fly from Malibu to Crescent City in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. Traveling from Malibu in July, expect Crescent City to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 3 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 21st (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Rodeo Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive and then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Crescent City to Santa Monica in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 76°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

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.