11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rutherford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder app .

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and tram. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sentinel Dome and Nevada Falls Loop. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 21st (Sat), cruise along 17-Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip maker .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rutherford.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, 17-Mile Drive, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. On the 23rd (Mon), learn about winemaking at Inglenook, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally savor the flavors at Mumm Napa.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rutherford itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Rutherford takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: highs in Rutherford hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Oakville
Highlights from your plan
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lombard Street, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, then wander the streets of Chinatown, and finally wander the streets of The Castro.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Rutherford to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Rutherford in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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