24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

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

3
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 Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, stroll through Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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. On the 23rd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, do a tasting at Domaine Carneros, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Napa attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Napa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Napa, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Outdoors Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery. On your second day here, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then immerse yourself in nature at Jack London State Historic Park, and finally do a tasting at VJB Cellars.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena online tour itinerary planner .

St. Helena is just a stone's throw from Napa. In September in St. Helena, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Castello di Amorosa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and The Embarcadero. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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