20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Genoa
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  19​h
End: Genoa

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings will thrill your kids. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning app .

Genoa, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Genoa to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Genoa in September, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

6
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 wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and get great views at Half Dome.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks 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

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego, take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego tour site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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