22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Beverly Hills
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​h
End: New York City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, and immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
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 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Cannery Row, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel travel planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cannery Row, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a peaceful walk through Oak Canyon Nature Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Carmel in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 85°F and lows about 66°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

2
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.
On the 12th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Diego road trip planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

3
nights
Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Shotgun House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Santa Monica Mountains.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beverly Hills itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Diego to Beverly Hills in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Zuma Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of The BLVD, look for all kinds of wild species at Shambala Preserve, and then look for gifts at Burbank Town Center.

You can plan West Hollywood trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

West Hollywood is very close to Beverly Hills. In September, daytime highs in West Hollywood are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Shambala Preserve, The BLVD, Casa Adobe De San Rafael & Park, Burbank Town Center
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Strip ©
Sunset Strip
Casa Adobe De San Rafael & Park ©
Casa Adobe De San Rafael & Park
Sierra Towers ©
Sierra Towers

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