22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Get in touch with nature at Will Rogers State Beach and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Montana Avenue and Los Feliz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In May, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Mission Beach Park, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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 9th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In May, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, learn about winemaking at Bell Wine Cellars, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, appreciate the views at Sonoma Valley, and then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Benziger Family Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards, Bell Wine Cellars, Sonoma Valley
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island. Get outdoors at Twin Peaks and Lincoln Park. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through SoMa, shop like a local with Union Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Hayes Valley.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from St. Helena in May, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
Visiting North Dome and McGurk Meadow will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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