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
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
London

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Relax by the water at China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, stroll through Lembert Dome, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

5
days
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 40 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Mission Beach Park. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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