20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly + bus:  16​h 15​min
1
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Vienna

4
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach for some beach relaxation. Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (in Los Angeles) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip website .

Vienna, Austria to Santa Monica is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Vienna to Santa Monica. When traveling from Vienna in July, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Bring the kids along to La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in San Diego, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the St. Helena trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

Drive from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from St. Helena in July, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Union Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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