27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Aarhus
+2
train + bus + Fly:  17​h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 45​min
End: Aarhus

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 19th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Aarhus, Denmark to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Aarhus in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Family-friendly places like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and El Capitan. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to June Lake and see June Mountain, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 9°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badwater Basin and Fall Canyon. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, hike along Gower Gulch Loop, cruise along Artists Dr, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildrose Peak Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then examine the collection at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Simeon holiday site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

4
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. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). Spend the 4th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and make a trip to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel online visit planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, pause for some photo ops at The Wave Organ, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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