22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. You'll get in some beach time at Children's Pool and Black's Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning site.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach, approximately Hermosa Beach away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Watts Towers, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles visit planning website.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 31st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel day trip app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, trek along Wawona Meadow, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in September, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Relax by the water at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Fort Funston National Park. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, get curious at Exploratorium, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.