22 days in San Francisco Bay Area, California's Central Coast & California Itinerary

22 days in San Francisco Bay Area, California's Central Coast & California Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Carmel
— 1 night
Fly
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, get great views at Twin Peaks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning app.

Bristol, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, experience rural life at Swanton Berry Farm, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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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 5th (Fri): trek along Scenic Road Walkway and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carmel journey tool.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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San Diego

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego online attractions planner.

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Trails

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Anaheim

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Anaheim is known for theme parks, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park, get your game on at The VOID, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Anaheim, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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Los Angeles

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.
Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, examine the collection at Travel Town, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.