22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly:  40 h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  41 h
End: Orlando, Florida

2
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 La Jolla Cove and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, pick up some local products at Liberty Public Market, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego itinerary planner .

Orlando to San Diego is an approximately 40-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in February, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in February; daily highs in Carmel reach 63°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Union Square and Twin Peaks. We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Sonoma Coast State Beach. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
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.
Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Bodie State Historic Park will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 14th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip app .

You can 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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Third Street Promenade). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at Melrose Trading Post, browse the different shops at The Grove, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 71°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita

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