22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

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

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 Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mission Beach Park and Children's Pool. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools, and stroll through Black's Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker site .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica State Beach and Zuma Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, make a trip to Stahl House, and appreciate the history behind Guitar Center.

Plan trip to Los Angeles with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to North Dome and Nature Center at Happy Isles. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
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 14th (Fri): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, trek along Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carmel travel planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (23°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our St. Helena trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, wander the streets of SoMa, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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