22 days in California & Colorado Itinerary

22 days in California & Colorado Itinerary

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Start: Valparaiso
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Gateway
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Valparaiso

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker site.

Valparaiso to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Valparaiso to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Valparaiso in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Original Muscle Beach. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get curious at California Science Center, and steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route maker site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
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. On the 3rd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, thenkick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in June, with highs in Carmel at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Legion of Honor. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, stroll through Fort Funston National Park, and stop by SoMa.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip website.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mariposa Grove and Taft Point. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are little chillier (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, thenstop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, thenhike along Never Summer Ranch, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to Estes Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Estes Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with highs in Estes Park at 87°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 15th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Estes Park in June, with highs in Aspen at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Gateway.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Anderson Ranch Arts Center ©
Anderson Ranch Arts Center

1
night
Gateway

Gateway
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gateway journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Gateway takes 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: high temperatures in Gateway hover around 87°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gateway

Museums

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