22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
5
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Visiting San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning site .

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Boston to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
On the 11th (Tue), trek along Moro Rock and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, cruise along Generals Hwy, and then hike along Congress Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip app .

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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. On the 13th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Step out of San Francisco to go to Redwood National Park and see Tall Trees Grove, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tee off at Lincoln Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tall Trees Grove, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll around Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): trek along California Coastal Trail and then hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

You can plan Trinidad trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Trinidad. In June, Trinidad is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Trinidad

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Wed), stroll through Kiva Beach, then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip site .

Getting from Trinidad to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Trinidad in June, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be slightly colder, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Taft Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, trek along Lembert Dome, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planner .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. June in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

4
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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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