20 days in California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

20 days in California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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20 days in California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: London

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in San Diego reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary website .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore and take pictures at Half Dome.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in November, with highs in Mammoth Lakes at 14°C and lows at -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 30th (Sat), examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Healdsburg online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Healdsburg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trip

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

1
night
Napa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Napa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma Barracks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Barracks ©
Sonoma Barracks

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Getting from Napa to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Napa in December since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach -5°C and lows reach -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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