22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Malibu
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Oracle Park, Blue & Gold Fleet, Golden Gate Rides, and other attractions. Visiting Alcatraz Island and China Beach will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco route planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in San Francisco at 28°C and lows at 17°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, Yosemite Mule & Horseback Rides and Sierra Mac River Trips. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Village and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. You will leave for Monterey on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching. On the 29th (Sun), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Monterey, with lows of 15°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've now added Bixby Bridge to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road.

Before you visit Big Sur, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Monterey to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Big Sur

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 2nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Malibu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Malibu by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Malibu: highs are around 29°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 7 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Indiana Jones Adventure, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Radiator Springs Racers, and other attractions you added. You'll get in some beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Splash Mountain & Downtown Disney District). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and shop like a local with Sunset Strip.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes USS Midway Museum, SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Zoo.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.