22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Family-friendly places like SeaWorld San Diego and Balboa Park will thrill your kids. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from London in July, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Flightdeck Simulation Center in Anaheim, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Vernal Fall, Taft Point, &more).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Speed Boats Tours and River Rafting & Tubing will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: West End Beach (in Truckee) and Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (in Tahoe City). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Transportation

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Park. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

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

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.