21 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Diego
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Los Angeles — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Annenberg Community Beach House and The Getty Center. For shopping fun, head to Rodeo Drive or Bergamot Station. Change things up with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles is minus 5 hours. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.
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Anaheim — 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 13th (Thu), discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

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Getting from Los Angeles to Anaheim by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. July in Anaheim sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 night

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, then surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then trek along General Grant Tree Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Anaheim to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Traveling from Anaheim in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.
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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. On the 23rd (Sun), stop by Kurtz Culinary, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, and finally take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

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 24th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and finally explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey online visit planner.

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Diego.
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San Diego — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Diego by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in July, with highs in San Diego at 29°C and lows at 23°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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.
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