22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Truckee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Cardiff, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cardiff to San Francisco. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Truckee is known for winter sports, nature, adventure, outdoors, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park, hit the slopes at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, and take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Truckee vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Truckee takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Truckee, with highs around 11°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Tahoe Cross Country
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe Donner Cross Country ©
Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters ©
Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters
Tahoe Donner ©
Tahoe Donner

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.
On the 8th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, and hike along North Dome.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park holiday maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Curry Village Ice Rink ©
Curry Village Ice Rink

5
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). Pack the 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip 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. In March, Los Angeles is much hotter than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

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

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