22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  16​h
End: Bournemouth

3
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 San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner .

Bournemouth, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bournemouth to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Bournemouth in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and then stroll through Kiva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, trek along Congress Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online route planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 41°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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.
Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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 out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 26th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online journey maker .

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 somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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