22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Oakville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
London

7
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Moss Beach to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve about 40 minutes away. Dedicate the 3rd (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Oakville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Baker Beach

2
days
Oakville

Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oakville itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Oakville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Oakville, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Oakville

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

St. Helena, Napa, Schramsberg Vineyards, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

2
days
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 6th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): stop by The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel custom trip planner.

Getting from Oakville to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Oakville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach

5
days
Santa Monica

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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. For shopping fun, head to Amoeba Music or Third Street Promenade. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Los Angeles (The Last Bookstore & Hollywood & Highland). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Bergamot Station, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica travel itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Carmel to Santa Monica in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and tram. Traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier

4
days
San Diego

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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Visit Mission Beach Park and La Jolla Shores Park for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park

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