22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Austin

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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: stroll through Mission Beach Park, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip maker app .

Austin to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Austin to San Diego. When traveling from Austin in August, plan for cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Helena.

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 29th (Thu), do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in St. Helena. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through The Embarcadero, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and tee off at Lincoln Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planning app .

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from St. Helena in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Visiting Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 9th (Mon): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Los Angeles by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Carmel in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 85°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Zuma Beach, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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