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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker website .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in San Diego at 25°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a stroll through Hancock Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

4
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, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get great views at Valley View, and hike along May Lake Trailhead.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

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. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Valley View ©
Valley View
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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. On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel route maker .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Step out of St. Helena with an excursion to Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Healdsburg--about 46 minutes away. Dedicate the 13th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, immerse yourself in nature at Jack London State Historic Park, and wander the wide-open spaces of Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena day trip site .

Drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Oakville, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings, Jack London State Historic Park, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

4
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, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco holiday planner .

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. When traveling from St. Helena in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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