22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 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
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego holiday planner .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (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 ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 11th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our St. Helena trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in St. Helena to be little chillier, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Schramsberg Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, Oxbow Public Market
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from St. Helena in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Lembert Dome, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 69°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Do your shopping at The Grove and Amoeba Music. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 66°F. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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