22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  15​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
4
Klamath
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): browse the exhibits of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
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 4th (Thu): trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, explore and take pictures at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then explore the stunning scenery at Natural Bridge Canyon, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and finally explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park attractions app .

Getting from San Diego to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are warmer (45°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

1
night
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, explore the activities along Point St George Park, then hike along Stout Grove, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Klamath trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Klamath takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, Klamath is much colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Crescent City, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and Panorama Trail. Get outdoors at Taft Point and Yosemite Falls. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Klamath to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Klamath in July, plan for much warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Take a break from the city and head to General Grant Tree Trail and Moro Rock. Explore hidden gems such as Alabama Hills and Giant Forest. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, hike along Mt. Whitney, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online visit planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
night
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. On the 18th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then trek along Point Lobos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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