25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to McCarran International Airport, Drive to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel planner.

Chennai, India to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 13.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chennai, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

San Diego — 1 night

America's Finest City

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 (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For photos and tourist information, use the San Diego trip maker.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Anaheim.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Anaheim — 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 30th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim day trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Anaheim are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.
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Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Santa Monica — 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then stop by Bergamot Station, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip planner.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in Santa Monica are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Monterey.
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Theme Parks · Beaches · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monterey route planning website.

Fly from Santa Monica to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Monica in June: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Carmel — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary maker website.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

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 9th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass and then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Carmel to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Napa.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Napa — 2 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Napa online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Napa takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Napa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.
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Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:

San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker.

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Napa in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.
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