21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  18​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Christchurch

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 Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

2
nights
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 11th (Wed), kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Kids will enjoy Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Balboa Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 24°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

7
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 Getty Center The Publications and Disneyland Park. You'll explore and learn at Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 23rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, stop by Hollywood & Highland, and wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Anaheim, Bergamot Station
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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