24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Flam
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  18​h 45​min
End: Flam

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa Monica Bay and LA Farmers' Market. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove and make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Flam, Norway to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of bus, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Flam in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Carlsbad State Beach and Petco Park. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and La Jolla Cove. There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego journey maker site .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip maker app .

Drive from San Diego to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are much hotter (43°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Tioga Pass. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panorama Trail and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park holiday planning tool .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of car and bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at General Grant Tree Trail and Giant Forest. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alabama Hills and General Sherman Tree. There's lots more to do: stroll through Moro Rock, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip planning app .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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nights
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 9th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Union Square. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Muir Woods National Monument. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Twin Peaks, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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