22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  18​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Queenstown

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Alcatraz Island. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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

Queenstown, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Queenstown to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and finally view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in St. Helena hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Mumm Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

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 7th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker .

Getting from St. Helena to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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.
Shop till you drop at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Visiting Taft Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker site .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum, and kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day 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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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