22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  27​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Chinatown, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to San Francisco is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Johannesburg to San Francisco. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Sonoma (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Plaza, & more). Dedicate the 12th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars and admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip app .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Francisco in March, with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, Oakville, Inglenook, Wine Tours & Tastings, Jack London State Historic Park
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

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 15th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Del Mar Beach, then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 13°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

3
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 get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Playa Del Rey Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 27°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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