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
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
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.
On the 31st (Wed), stop by Hollywood & Highland and then browse the different shops at The Grove. On your second day here, discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

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London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles. In July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Family-friendly places like Butterfly Beach and Old Mission Santa Barbara will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as State Street and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Dedicate the 4th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: stop by The Sacred Space, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at East Beach.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, The Sacred Space, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
East Beach ©
East Beach

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Devils Postpile National Monument and Lake Mary. Change things up with a short trip to Tioga Rd in Lee Vining (about 34 minutes away). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Convict Lake and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, Mammoth Lakes is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Bridalveil Fall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vernal Fall and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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 14th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, then kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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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 Ghirardelli Square and Exploratorium. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, take a stroll through Union Square, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are much colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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