23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Manchester

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Los Angeles (Universal Studios Hollywood & Cabrillo Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Santa Monica. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in June, with highs in Santa Monica at 25°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

6
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park for some beach relaxation. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage in Encinitas, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and kick back and relax at Black's Beach.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in San Diego are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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 12th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then trek along Partington Cove.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Carmel, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): cruise along Tioga Pass and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Miramar Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Stinson Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Miramar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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