19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Three Rivers
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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Joshua Tree
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Three Rivers.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks

Three Rivers

— 2 nights
Three Rivers is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Tunnel Rock, stroll through Big Trees Trail, then surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, then make a trip to The Presidente tree, and finally make a trip to The Senate.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Three Rivers itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Three Rivers in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Three Rivers reach 41°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Three Rivers

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Cruz using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Three Rivers to Santa Cruz takes 4 hours. When traveling from Three Rivers in August, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks

Pismo Beach

— 1 night
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park, get interesting insight from Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Morro Strand State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Pismo Beach road trip site.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Pismo Beach by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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 18th (Fri): shop like a local with Rodeo Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pismo Beach to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Pismo Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Radiator Springs Racers. Do some cultural sightseeing at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and St.John Vianney Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). It doesn't end there: try out the rides at Downtown Disney District and contemplate the long history of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Anaheim holiday maker website.

Getting from Santa Monica to Anaheim by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of tram and bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Joshua Tree.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Joshua Tree

— 1 night
Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 23rd (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, then contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and then examine the collection at World Famous Crochet Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree journey planning tool.

You can drive from Anaheim to Joshua Tree in 2 hours. Traveling from Anaheim in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Joshua Tree: highs are around 45°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

San Diego

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Point Loma. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Jolla Cove and Marston House Museum. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and immerse yourself in nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour builder app.

You can drive from Joshua Tree to San Diego in 3 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Joshua Tree in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.