22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. When traveling from London in January, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palm Springs Air Museum and Indian Canyons. Palm Springs Art Museum and The Dream Wanderer will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Desert Holocaust Memorial (in Palm Desert), Toscana Country Club (in Indian Wells) and Hi-Desert Nature Museum (in Yucca Valley). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Integratron, get engrossed in the history at Cabot's Pueblo Museum, wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District, and get a taste of the local shopping with Antique Galleries of Palm Springs.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs road trip website .

You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Palm Springs sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Landers, Palm Desert, Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. Cerro Gordo Mines and Museum of Western Film History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, go deep underground at Eureka Mine, and explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 17°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cerro Gordo Mines, Museum of Western Film History, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

1
night
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). On the 26th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, see the interesting displays at Woodland Auto Display, then learn about winemaking at Derby Wine Estates, then do a tasting at Fratelli Perata Winery, and finally do a tasting at Parrish Family Vineyard.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cambria road trip app .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Cambria in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Jack Creek Celllars, Elephant Seal Rookery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Woodland Auto Display ©
Woodland Auto Display
Fratelli Perata Winery ©
Fratelli Perata Winery

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. Get some cultural insight at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room and Cima Collina. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and stroll through Del Mar Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel planner .

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at California State Railroad Museum and de Young Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and California Academy of Sciences. Step out of San Francisco to go to St. Helena and see V. Sattui Winery, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

California State Railroad Museum, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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