23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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Santa Monica
— 5 nights
2
San Diego
— 6 nights
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights

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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Los Angeles (Universal Studios Hollywood & Cabrillo Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica tour planner.

Manchester, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Santa Monica is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State 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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning website.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of tram and train. In June, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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. On the 12th (Tue), stroll through Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and then trek along Partington Cove.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel road trip website.

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in June: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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): take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route builder app.

You can take a bus from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 15.5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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.
Visit Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Limantour Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Stinson Beach, Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Stinson Beach ©
Stinson Beach

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