21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  15 h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Bus:  5 h
4
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h 45 min
End: Brussels

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). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Brussels in October, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, get great views at Half Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip site .

Fly from San Diego to Mammoth Lakes in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Gracianna Winery), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Pride Mountain Vineyards) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, stop by Dean & DeLuca, and explore and take pictures at Sonoma Plaza.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Napa tour builder .

You can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus from Mammoth Lakes to Napa in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Napa, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Safari West, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Sonoma Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and shop like a local with Exploratorium.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco vacation builder .

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in November, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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