14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Exeter

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Exeter, UK to San Diego is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Exeter to San Diego. In August, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica online tour itinerary planner .

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. In August, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Family-friendly places like Nature Center at Happy Isles and McGurk Meadow will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

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 August, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and then stroll through Lakeside Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Pope Beach, then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. August in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, take a stroll through SoMa, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker site .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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