21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, stroll around Crissy Field, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel sightseeing planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect much hotter evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego road trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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AxeVentures ©
AxeVentures
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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