23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Hangzhou
Drive + Fly:  20​h
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Hangzhou

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.
Family-friendly places like The Getty Center and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Hangzhou, China to Los Angeles is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Hangzhou in January, expect nights in Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Appreciate the collections at Maritime Museum of San Diego and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Exploratorium and de Young Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in February; daily highs in San Francisco reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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 11th (Mon): make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, hike along Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. February in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in February, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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