23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and Fantastic Race. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 13th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Dante's View and Badwater Basin. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take in breathtaking views at Echo Canyon.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park itinerary maker website.

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and Yosemite, Tunnel View. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Taft Point, Glacier Point, &more). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes day trip website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

3
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giant Forest and General Sherman Tree. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence) and Lone Pine (Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead & Alabama Hills). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Inyo National Forest, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary app.

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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San Simeon

When you arriveĀ 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Bixby Bridge. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey travel route planning tool.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Golden Gate Park and de Young Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Titus Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.