22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  15​h
End: Brussels

4
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 Twin Peaks. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and examine the collection at USS Pampanito.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker website .

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or fly. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brussels to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Mumm Napa, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your St. Helena trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in St. Helena to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kiva Beach and then stroll through El Dorado Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe tour planning app .

Getting from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. July in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
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 5th (Mon): shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel route planning website .

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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in August, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles attractions planner .

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 August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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