22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h
1
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for gifts at Brandini Toffee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Galleta Meadows, then view the masterpieces at Borrego Art Institute, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs day trip tool .

London, UK to Palm Springs is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Palm Springs is minus 8 hours. When traveling from London in May, plan for much hotter days in Palm Springs, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Borrego Springs
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
El Paseo Shopping District ©
El Paseo Shopping District

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Get in touch with nature at Badwater Basin and Fall Canyon. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in May: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

2
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). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Morro Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Cambria side-trips: Fiona Bleu Gallery (in Morro Bay), Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Estero Bluffs State Park (in Cayucos). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria route builder website .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Cambria by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cambria, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Estero Bluffs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and Carmel Art Association. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Bay and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Coast Gallery Big Sur). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row Antique Mall, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Getting from Cambria to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get in touch with nature at Jug Handle State Reserve and Mendocino Headlands State Park. We've included these beaches for you: Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Explore Fort Bragg's surroundings by going to Philo (Handley Cellars Winery, Phillips Hill Winery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. Step out of San Francisco to go to St. Helena and see Modus Operandi Cellars, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Modus Operandi Cellars, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 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

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

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