20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
3
Carmel
— 1 night
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately Napa away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in San Francisco at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 15.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Carmel, with highs around °C, while nights are much hotter with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

4
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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online travel route builder.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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