22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Columbus

9
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Montana Avenue and Melrose Trading Post. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park) and Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, stop by Amoeba Music, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Columbus in April, with highs in Los Angeles at 75°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, stop by Oxbow Public Market, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bothe-Napa State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in May, plan for little chillier nights in St. Helena, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Bothe-Napa State Park, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

3
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 Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. We've included these beaches for you: Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from St. Helena, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Carmel holiday builder website .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to North Dome and Ansel Adams Gallery. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
North Dome ©
North Dome

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