24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  12​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Osos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h
7
Bishop
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Lone Pine
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Frankfurt, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Los Angeles. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Los Osos.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Los Osos

Los Osos is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located along the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Stadium Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Osos trip website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Los Osos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, Los Osos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Osos

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Stadium Park, Ancient Peaks Winery
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Ancient Peaks Winery ©
Ancient Peaks Winery

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 14th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and then do a tasting at Holman Ranch.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Big Sur road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Los Osos to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Traveling from Los Osos in May, you will find days in Big Sur are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Holman Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get outdoors at Lovers Point and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scenic Road Walkway and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Landing--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Bird Rock Vista Point.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monterey road trip planner.

Take a bus from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Monterey sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Scenic Road Walkway, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and then kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Frog's Leap Winery
Highlights from your plan
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Frog's Leap Winery ©
Frog's Leap Winery

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parker Lake Trail and June Lake Brewing. Step out of the city life by going to Olmsted Point and Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along May Lake Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and make a trip to Pothole Dome.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Bishop.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

June Lake
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

3
nights
Bishop

Bishop ©
Bishop is a city in Inyo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Minaret Vista and then hike along Little Lakes Valley Trail. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of California Route 36 and then identify plant and animal life at McGee Creek.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bishop trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Bishop takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with highs in Bishop at 32°C and lows at 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Bishop

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes, California Route 36
Highlights from your plan
Minaret Vista ©
Minaret Vista

3
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Mount Whitney Trail. Get outdoors at Horseshoe Meadow Trail and Trail of 100 Giants. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History and contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507.

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Traveling by car from Bishop to Lone Pine takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Lone Pine sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Trail of 100 Giants, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 31st (Fri), kick back and relax at Carbon Beach and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at 1,000 Steps Beach and then stroll through Salt Creek Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Lone Pine to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Lone Pine in May, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carbon Beach, 1,000 Steps Beach, Salt Creek Beach, Santa Monica Mountains, Seal Beach
Highlights from your plan
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach

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