21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 3 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

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.
Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip app .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in May; daily highs in San Diego reach 25°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

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

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Will Rogers State Beach and Playa Del Rey Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Third Street Promenade). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

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.
Shop till you drop at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 22nd (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, get great views at Half Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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 26th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation planner .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Nature

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 27th (Mon): do a tasting at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Rutherford, Oxbow Public Market, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
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.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and City Lights Booksellers. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of SoMa, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder tool .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 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 little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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