14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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Train to London Euston, Train to London Gatwick, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Onedome. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, stop by City Lights Booksellers, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and stop by The Embarcadero.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco travel route tool.

Birmingham, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

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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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stop by AiX, then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Carmel journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Montana Avenue and Hammer Museum. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Santa Monica Farmers Market in Santa Monica, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.