22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
+2
train + subway + Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Durham

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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning site .

Durham, UK to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Durham to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Durham in July: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Star Wars Launch Bay, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at Travel Town, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip builder .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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