23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Napa
— 1 night
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive
6
Huntington Beach
Drive
7
Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive
8
Laguna Beach
Drive
9
Coronado
— 1 night
Taxi
10
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly
11
Carmel
Fly to Las Vegas, Bus to Death Valley National Park
12
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive to Las Vegas, Fly to Big Sur
13
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
14
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly
15
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and stop by Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Napa online attractions planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, make a trip to Half Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Napa to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Napa in June, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach, and then stroll through Zuma Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu tour builder site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Malibu are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Huntington Beach vacation planning app.

You can drive from Malibu to Huntington Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, tram, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Newport Beach

— 1 night
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Balboa Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach.

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Newport Beach is just a stone's throw from Huntington Beach. In July, daily temperatures in Newport Beach can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Laguna Beach trip itinerary planning tool.

Laguna Beach is very close to Newport Beach. In July, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Coronado.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Coronado

— 1 night
Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Silver Strand State Beach, head off the coast to Coronado Island, and then kick back and relax at Coronado Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Coronado itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Coronado takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Coronado

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

San Diego

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planning website.

San Diego is just a stone's throw from Coronado. In July, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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. To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel driving holiday planner.

Fly from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in July, with highs in Carmel at 69°F and lows at 55°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Death Valley National Park

— 1 day

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park day trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Carmel to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Death Valley National Park to Big Sur in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Santa Monica

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then browse the collection at Ocean Park Library, and finally admire the striking features of Shotgun House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica online journey planner.

You can fly from Monterey to Santa Monica in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in July, with highs in Santa Monica at 76°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.