22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like Fort Funston National Park and China Beach will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, tee off at Lincoln Park, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary builder app .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel holiday planning site .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. Spend the 13th (Tue) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: trek along Nevada Falls Loop, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Venice Beach and Boardwalk make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Bronson Caves. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, examine the collection at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
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 La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Step out of the city life by going to San Diego Zoo and Mission Beach Park. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and kick back and relax at Black's Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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