22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

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

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 13th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Monterey visit app .

London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and trek along Lembert Dome.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Monterey in May, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Limantour Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

4
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.
Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles will appeal to history buffs. Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Manhattan Beach to see Manhattan Beach about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, and contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in San Diego hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

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