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
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + train + bus:  18​h 45​min
End: Flam

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Visit Santa Monica Bay and Venice Beach and Boardwalk for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the 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 difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In June, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Flam - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sentinel Dome and Tioga Pass. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get great views at Tunnel View, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 3rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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.
On the 5th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, San Simeon is little chillier than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) 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
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll get in some beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to McWay Falls in Big Sur--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, walk around Dennis the Menace Park, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, wander the streets of Union Square, and don't miss a visit to Book Passage.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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