20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center and then kick back and relax at Children's Pool. On the next day, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

Make your San Diego itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to San Diego, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, San Diego is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Playa Del Rey Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Third Street Promenade, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 21st (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are colder (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
North Dome ©
North Dome

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 25th (Sat): shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

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Getting from Carmel to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect nights in St. Helena to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from St. Helena in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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