22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pescadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

4
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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mission Beach Park and La Jolla Shores Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Diego is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to San Diego is minus 9 hours. In September, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Zurich - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

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
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Visiting Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and kick back and relax at Playa Del Rey Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica visit planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Lembert Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Pothole Dome.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Monica in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Breakwater, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in Carmel, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Breakwater, Asilomar State Beach, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach and then kick back and relax at San Gregorio State Beach.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pescadero online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Pescadero takes 2 hours. October in Pescadero sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Pescadero

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Pescadero State Beach
Highlights from your plan
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting China Beach and Rockaway Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Marshall’s Beach and Baker Beach. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route tool .

You can drive from Pescadero to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rodeo Beach, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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