23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Pacific Grove
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Columbus

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Los Angeles. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and then hike along General Grant Tree Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

2
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.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then trek along Panorama Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 28th (Fri), stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monterey vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Salvation Mountain and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Monterey to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Monterey in July; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 103°F and lows reach 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Salvation Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

3
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Tor House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Carmel by combination of car and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 69°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 7th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Lake Tahoe, get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Harbor, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Incline Village, Gatekeeper's Museum, Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

3
nights
Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove ©
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Ano Nuevo State Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pacific Grove day trip planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Pacific Grove by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, subway, and shuttle. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Pacific Grove: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Bautista, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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