20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
4
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Jamestown
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Incline Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero.

Make your San Francisco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

2
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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 4th (Mon), do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, do a tasting at Silvestri Vineyards, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online journey planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, 17-Mile Drive
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then explore and take pictures at State Street Underpass, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Before you visit Santa Barbara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Carmel to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Zuma Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 9th (Sat), walk around Heisler Park and then admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Newport Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach route planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Laguna Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Laguna Beach. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach

2
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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 11th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, and finally don't miss a visit to Sonny Bono Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain and then take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Laguna Beach to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Laguna Beach in May, with highs in Palm Springs at 39°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

El Paseo Shopping District
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Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. In May, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than Santa Barbara - with highs of 21°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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hours
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tuolumne County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Columbia State Historic Park, then learn about winemaking at Ironstone Vineyards, and then look for gifts at Columbia Candy Kitchen.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jamestown trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Jamestown. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: high temperatures in Jamestown hover around 28°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Incline Village.

Things to do in Jamestown

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Columbia, Ironstone Vineyards
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Columbia State Historic Park ©
Columbia State Historic Park
Ironstone Vineyards ©
Ironstone Vineyards
Columbia Candy Kitchen ©
Columbia Candy Kitchen

2
nights
Incline Village

Incline Village ©
Incline Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washoe County, Nevada on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Incline Village trip planner .

You can drive from Jamestown to Incline Village in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Jamestown in May, you will find days in Incline Village are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Incline Village

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Gatekeeper's Museum
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Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park ©
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
Gatekeeper's Museum ©
Gatekeeper's Museum

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nights
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.
On the 17th (Sun), appreciate the views at Artesa Vineyards & Winery and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, do a tasting at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Napa trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Incline Village to Napa in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trip

V. Sattui Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Balloon Rides

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