23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Mount Shasta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine. Get in touch with nature at Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planning app .

Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 56°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then stop by The Sacred Space, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. On the next day, take a stroll through State Street, then stop by Global Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Solvang Antiques.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara journey planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 67°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Los Olivos, The Sacred Space, Solvang Antiques
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for little chillier nights in Cambria, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel ©
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel

2
nights
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 24th (Mon), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then trek along Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive, stop by The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden, then take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Union Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and make a trip to The Embarcadero.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker website .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono County Museum in Bridgeport, about 58 minutes away. On the 31st (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 14°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bridgeport
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): ski along the peaceful trails at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center, then get engrossed in the history at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of The McCloud Heritage Junction Museum. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake, see the interesting displays at Siskiyou County Museum, then look for gifts at The Weed Store, and finally stop by Soul Connections.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Mount Shasta vacation website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mount Shasta by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, Mount Shasta is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Outdoors Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

The McCloud Heritage Junction Museum, Siskiyou County Museum, The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Shasta Nordic Center ©
Mt. Shasta Nordic Center
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
The McCloud Heritage Junction Museum ©

3
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Big Lagoon County Park and Camel Rock. Let the collections at Trinidad Art Gallery and Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Hikshari Trail (in Eureka), Golden Gait Mercantile (in Ferndale) and Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio and learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Trinidad itinerary app .

Getting from Mount Shasta to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. In January, Trinidad is somewhat warmer than Mount Shasta - with highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Hikshari Trail, Golden Gait Mercantile, Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montana Avenue and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, contemplate the waterfront views at Hollywood Reservoir, stop by Liza Shtromberg Jewelry, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Los Angeles. Traveling from Trinidad in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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