22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Oracle Park, Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, Golden Gate Rides Bike Rentals & Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Rides Bike Rentals & Tours ©

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, Yosemite Mule & Horseback Rides and Sierra Mac River Trips. Get outdoors at Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Village. The adventure continues: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park route builder site .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off toMonterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Sierra Mac River Trips
Highlights from your plan
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey road trip planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Monterey dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bixby Bridge. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then cruise along Old Coast Road.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur sightseeing planner.

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Malibu.

Things to do in Big Sur

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 2nd (Wed), kick back and relax at Zuma Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Big Sur to Malibu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sur in October; daily highs in Malibu reach 29°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch

7
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Indiana Jones Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Radiator Springs Racers, and other attractions you added. Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Splash Mountain & Downtown Disney). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, take a stroll through Sunset Strip, and cruise along Mulholland Drive.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing tool .

Getting from Malibu to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Sunset Strip, California Dream Tours
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes USS Midway Museum, SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Zoo.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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