21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 1 day
Fly:  20​h
End: Cairo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Petersen Automotive Museum and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Broad, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Los Angeles is minus 10 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disney California Adventure Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
The Broad ©
The Broad

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 15th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sebastian General Store, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Escape the urban bustle at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Mission. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, take in the pleasant sights at Ocean Avenue, and visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Lands End. There's more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin and Eleven53 Interpretive Center. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Valley View, hike along Earthquake Fault, have some family-friendly fun at Mammoth Adventure Center, and admire all the interesting features of Minaret Vista.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Valley View ©
Valley View

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 26th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon and then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip planner .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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