12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center and then stroll through Children's Pool.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour itinerary planning site .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in April, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 25°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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.
On the 21st (Sun), shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, make a trip to Montana Avenue, then stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip builder .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

1
night
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 24th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for a bit warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Oakville, Inglenook, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, look for gifts at Chocolate Heaven, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

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

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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