23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Noumea, Grand Terre
bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  20​h 30​min
End: Noumea, Grand Terre

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Downtown Disney & Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center). Pack the 18th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website .

Noumea, New Caledonia to Los Angeles is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Noumea to Los Angeles, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will thrill your kids. Pack the 25th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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 27th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in January, things will get slightly colder in Carmel: highs are around 19°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and North Dome will thrill your kids. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Crissy Field. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

Similar Plans

26 days in California BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 53 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in California BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 55 days in California BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 30 days in California BY A USER FROM GREECE December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 24 days in California & Honolulu BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans