22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday maker

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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San Diego

— 3 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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online travel route builder.

Jakarta, Indonesia to San Diego is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Jakarta to San Diego. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jakarta in September: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at Travel Town, shop like a local with The Grove, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and North Dome. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mariposa Grove and Tuolumne Meadows. Venture out of the city with trips to Yosemite National Park (Washburn Point, Sentinel Dome, &more). It doesn't end there: hike along Earthquake Fault.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip site.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Asilomar State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll get in some beach time at Del Mar Beach and Breakwater. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Aptos to see Manresa State Beach about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Carmel by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Carmel. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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.
Kids will enjoy Alcatraz Island and Japanese Tea Garden. You'll get in some beach time at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Step out of San Francisco to go to Santa Rosa and see Safari West, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

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

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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.