22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
train + Fly:  15​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Birmingham

3
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.
Family-friendly places like The Getty Center and Disneyland Park will thrill your kids. Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, Head underground at Bronson Caves, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip maker .

Birmingham, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Birmingham to Los Angeles, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Birmingham, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Popular historic sites such as Eureka Mine and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum are in your itinerary. Visiting Trona Pinnacles and Gower Gulch Loop will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine) and Shoshone Museum (in Shoshone). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and stroll through Fall Canyon.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in March since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Shoshone Museum, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Mono County Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, hike along May Lake Trailhead, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 5th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 30°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Carmel River State Beach and Del Mar Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, browse for treasures at The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, San Carlos Cathedral, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences make great kid-friendly stops. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, 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 do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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