22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Wellington

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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Old Town Model Railroad Depot. Kids will enjoy La Jolla Cove and Maritime Museum of San Diego. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, identify plant and animal life at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

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Wellington, New Zealand to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Wellington to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in November, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, see the interesting displays at Travel Town, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome will get you outdoors. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 21st (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in November; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 14°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
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. On the 23rd (Sat), trek along Point Lobos, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by AiX.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Dolphin & Whale Watching, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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