23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Napa
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Huntington Beach
— Few hours
Bus:  15 min
7
Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Laguna Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Coronado
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
10
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
11
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  7 h 30 min
12
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7 h 45 min
13
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
14
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
15
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and stop by Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Napa online attractions planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries

Side Trip

V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, get great views at Half Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Napa to Yosemite National Park takes 13 hours. Traveling from Napa in June, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

3
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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 12 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach, and then stroll through Zuma Beach.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Malibu tour builder site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Malibu are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

few
hours
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Huntington Beach vacation planning app.

You can drive from Malibu to Huntington Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, tram, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Balboa Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach.

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Newport Beach is just a stone's throw from Huntington Beach. In July, daily temperatures in Newport Beach can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Balboa Island ©
Balboa Island

few
hours
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Laguna Beach trip itinerary planning tool.

Laguna Beach is very close to Newport Beach. In July, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Coronado.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Coronado

Coronado ©
Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Silver Strand State Beach, head off the coast to Coronado Island, and then kick back and relax at Coronado Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Coronado itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Coronado takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Coronado

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planning website.

San Diego is just a stone's throw from Coronado. In July, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

few
hours
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. To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in July, with highs in Carmel at 69°F and lows at 55°F. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park day trip website.

You can drive from Carmel to Death Valley National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Big Sur vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Big Sur in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
The Cannery Row Monument ©
The Cannery Row Monument

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then browse the collection at Ocean Park Library, and finally admire the striking features of Shotgun House.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica online journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in July, with highs in Santa Monica at 76°F and lows at 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Ocean Park Library ©
Ocean Park Library

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