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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, contemplate the waterfront views at Cabrillo Tide Pools, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

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London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from London in July since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and have fun and explore at Travel Town.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online travel planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

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 Mariposa Grove, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and take some stellar pictures from Half Dome.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Attractions like Speed Boats Tours and West End Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of South Lake Tahoe with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Tahoe City--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Tahoe City, West End Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

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Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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