22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Tahoe City
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online day trip planner.

Paderborn, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paderborn to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paderborn in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 3 nights

America's Finest City

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. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 4 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Get outdoors at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Giant Forest. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to The Presidente tree in Three Rivers, about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Congress Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, and delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 6 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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Four Mile Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along North Dome, stroll through Lembert Dome, make a trip to Half Dome, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are colder with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tahoe City.
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Tahoe City — 3 nights

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at West End Beach and Commons Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, stroll through Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, and hike along Tompkins Memorial Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tahoe City trip builder.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Tahoe City dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tahoe City to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tahoe City in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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