22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Genoa
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Genoa

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Step out of San Francisco to go to Calistoga and see Castello di Amorosa, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, take a stroll around Civic Center, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning app .

Genoa, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Genoa to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Genoa in May, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Shop till you drop at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and get a taste of the local shopping with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey attractions app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Monterey hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Harmony Pottery Works. Head to artifacts gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Cambria: Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Fiona Bleu Gallery) and Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and hike along Bluff Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria route planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Cambria in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, Harmony Pottery Works, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Third Street Promenade). There's lots more to do: stop by Amoeba Music, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

Plan my day in Los Angeles using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Cambria in June, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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