19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 24th (Sat), do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Sonoma Plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Jack London State Historic Park, and then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Napa online itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Napa, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Yosemite Village, hike along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Napa to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Napa in April; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 17°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much warmer, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

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.