22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Klamath
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Venice Canals Walkway. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Camera Obscura (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday builder app .

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Old Mission Santa Barbara, Disneyland Park
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Dante's View and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 45°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

5
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.
Visit Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley 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 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 28th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
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 30th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Take a break from the city and head to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Stout Grove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Redwood National Park and Hikshari Trail. Step out of Klamath to go to Eureka and see Redwood Highway, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Klamath, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Simeon to Klamath by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Klamath hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Eureka, Crescent City, Redwood National Park
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Presidio of San Francisco. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and wander the streets of The Embarcadero.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Klamath to San Francisco with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Klamath in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Patrick Amiot, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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