20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Santa Clarita
— 1 day
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Bakersfield
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Fresno
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Half Moon Bay
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San Jose
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Monterey
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
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Cambria
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Morro Bay
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
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Solvang
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Ventura
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Malibu
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Santa Monica
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Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Disney Gallery and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, get engrossed in the history at Avila Adobe, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online journey planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Clarita.
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Santa Clarita — 1 day

Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. On the 14th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Clarita trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Clarita by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Clarita can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.
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Bakersfield — 1 night

To see photos and other tourist information, read Bakersfield route builder website.

Traveling by car from Santa Clarita to Bakersfield takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Clarita in December, things will get slightly colder in Bakersfield: highs are around 19°C and lows about 4°C. On the 15th (Wed), you're off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, and then surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Bakersfield to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4 hours. In December in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fresno.
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Fresno — 1 night

The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Forestiere Underground Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fresno tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Fresno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. In December in Fresno, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning app.

Getting from Fresno to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Fresno in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are cooler (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, visit Chinatown, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Half Moon Bay.
Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and taxi. In December in Half Moon Bay, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will leave for San Jose on the 21st (Tue).
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Half Moon Bay to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Cruz.
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Santa Cruz — 1 night

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 21st (Tue), get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.
Theme Parks
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 22nd (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monterey driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Beaches
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Carmel — 1 night

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 where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip builder website.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 23rd (Thu).
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Big Sur

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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Getting from Carmel to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Big Sur are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.
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Cambria

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Amphora Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Cambria road trip planning site.

You can drive from Big Sur to Cambria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Big Sur in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cambria, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Morro Bay.
Museums · Shopping
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Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip planner.

Morro Bay is very close to Cambria. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Morro Bay when traveling from Cambria in December, with lows around 6°C. You'll set off for Pismo Beach on the 23rd (Thu).
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Pismo Beach — 1 night

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach road trip planning site.

Pismo Beach is very close to Morro Bay. In December, daily temperatures in Pismo Beach can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You will leave for Solvang on the 24th (Fri).
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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Solvang day trip site.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Solvang in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Solvang, with lows of 3°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

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.
On the 24th (Fri), admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then look for gifts at Chocolate Maya.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planning app.

Drive from Solvang to Santa Barbara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ventura.
Historic Sites · Shopping
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Ventura

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): appreciate the views at Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.

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Ventura is just a stone's throw from Santa Barbara. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Ventura dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.
Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Malibu

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 25th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art and then kick back and relax at Paradise Cove.

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Traveling by car from Ventura to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Malibu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Santa Monica — 2 nights

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 26th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue, then admire all the interesting features of 26-Mile Bike Path, and then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica tour itinerary planner.

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Malibu. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.