19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly + taxi:  13​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

4
days
Santa Monica

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.
Get some cultural insight at Getty Center The Publications and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Angeles (Hollywood & Highland & Amoeba Music) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at The Grove, admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach, and shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Santa Monica is minus 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Santa Monica at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

3
days
San Diego

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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, stroll through San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in San Diego are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

1
day
Carmel

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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in April, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Cannery Row
Cannery Row
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and then make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©

2
days
Napa

Napa ©
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Safari West, then indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa, and then do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at V. Sattui, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Napa trip builder.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Napa in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May; daily highs in Napa reach 26°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa, Safari West
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Oxbow Public Market
Oxbow Public Market

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Montara State Beach (in Montara), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, stroll through Baker Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner.

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Napa in May, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Montara State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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