23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, wander the streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and enjoy some music at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip website .

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Mission Beach Park and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in June, with highs in Carmel at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
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 Taft Point and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach. On your second day here, race across the water with a speed boat tour and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

Discover how to plan a South Lake Tahoe trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. June in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Frog's Leap Winery, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful Geyser of California, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, identify plant and animal life at Bothe-Napa State Park, and then learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip maker website .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, St. Helena is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 33°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Calistoga, Frog's Leap Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, and then admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa route tool .

Napa is very close to St. Helena. In June in Napa, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Outdoors Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Wine Tours & Tastings
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Ocean Beach. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, tee off at Lincoln Park, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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