23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beverly Hills
— 2 nights
Taxi
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West Hollywood
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 day
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Torrey Pines Gliderport. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Carlsbad Village (in Carlsbad) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning app.

Charlotte to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Charlotte, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 61°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Radiator Springs Racers and Soarin' Around The World. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park, catch some excitement at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and take an in-depth tour of Founder's Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums

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.
On the 28th (Sat), admire nature's extreme beauty at The Huntington Desert Garden, take in breathtaking views at Eaton Canyon, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: get curious at California Science Center, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then glide through the air with Pacific Blue Air.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

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.
On the 30th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): walk around Tongva Park and then grab your bike and head to South Bay Bicycle Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica vacation maker tool.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. In May in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Beverly Hills

— 2 nights
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, then walk around Beverly Gardens Park, and finally stop by Edelweiss Chocolate Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Franklin Canyon Park, then explore and take pictures at Mulholland Drive, then walk around Coldwater Canyon Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Will Rogers Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Beverly Hills trip itinerary builder.

Beverly Hills is just a short distance from Santa Monica. In June, daytime highs in Beverly Hills are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

West Hollywood

— 3 nights
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Vasquez Rocks Natural Area and Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Explore West Hollywood's surroundings by going to Acton (Farm Sanctuary Animal Acres & Shambala Preserve). The adventure continues: stop by Fred Segal, don't miss a visit to Melrose Avenue, and take a stroll through Sunset Strip.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our West Hollywood trip planner.

West Hollywood is just a stone's throw from Beverly Hills. In June, daytime highs in West Hollywood are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive 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.
On the 7th (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Kayak Outfitters, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planning tool.

Getting from West Hollywood to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from West Hollywood in June, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (93°F), and nights are slightly colder (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Carmel

— 1 day
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 8th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Elkhorn Slough Safari, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation maker site.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the masterpieces at International Art Museum of America, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning website.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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.