22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pacific Surf School as well as Gaslamp Quarter. Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego day trip site .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Diego is minus 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal CityWalk Hollywood. Museum-lovers will get to explore Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Museum of Tolerance. Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Third Street Promenade). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Amoeba Music, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planning tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 21st (Sun), stroll through El Dorado Beach and then kick back and relax at Pope Beach. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, then stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, and finally stroll through Lakeside Beach.

Find out how to plan South Lake Tahoe trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. In July in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

1
day
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stop by The Cheese Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip app .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary 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 July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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