20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
Fly:  14 h
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Zurich

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Natural Bridges State Beach and Muir Beach. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento). And it doesn't end there: hike along Lands End, take in the pleasant sights at West Cliff Drive, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Safari West, Muir Woods National Monument, Doran Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Cloud's Rest will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Panum Crater
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Moro Rock and Giant Forest. Step off the beaten path and head to Kings Canyon National Park and General Grant Tree Trail. When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Project Survival's Cat Haven in Dunlap, approximately Dunlap away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Congress Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Project Survival's Cat Haven
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General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Eureka Dunes, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and finally trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from the city and head to Manhattan Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Broad and El Matador State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Newport Beach (The Wedge & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Seal Beach (in Seal Beach) and Huntington Dog Beach (in Huntington Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and enjoy the sand and surf at Redondo Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker tool.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Malibu, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Seal Beach
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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