20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Point Arena
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Bridgeport
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Purisima State Historical Park and Old Mission Santa Ines. Get some historical perspective at Bethania Lutheran Church and State Street. Step out of Santa Barbara with an excursion to Los Olivos General Store in Los Olivos--about 54 minutes away. Dedicate the 6th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

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Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get slightly colder in Santa Barbara: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Shopping

Side Trips

Solvang, Los Olivos General Store, La Purisima State Historical Park
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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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 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take in the history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, and then do a tasting at Anglim Winery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Mission San Miguel Arcangel, Anglim Winery
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Pinos Lighthouse and New Camaldoli Hermitage. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Carlos Cathedral and Cannery Row. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, hike along Point Lobos State Reserve, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days in Monterey, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in Monterey

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Point Pinos Lighthouse
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

3
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Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Point Cabrillo Light Station. Explore hidden gems such as Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Ford House Museum. Explore Point Arena's surroundings by going to Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books (in Mendocino), Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch) and Fort Bragg (Pudding Creek Beach & Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Schooner Gulch State Beach.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to Point Arena takes 5 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Point Arena hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Point Arena

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Sea Ranch Chapel
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Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

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Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Bridgeport: Yosemite National Park (Tunnel View, Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, & more).

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Bridgeport holiday maker website .

You can drive from Point Arena to Bridgeport in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Point Arena in June, with highs in Bridgeport at 78°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake County Park, Bodie
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie ©
Bodie
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Harmony Borax Works and Artists Dr. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Bridgeport to Death Valley National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from Bridgeport in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cerro Gordo Mines
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Cerro Gordo Mines ©
Cerro Gordo Mines

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Museum of Western Film History. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and General Sherman Tree. Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Independence to see Eastern California Museum about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Museum of Western Film History
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Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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