24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Philo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Grammy Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online holiday planner .

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 difference when traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to General Sherman Tree, then contemplate the long history of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, then see the interesting displays at Eastern California Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Manzanar National Historic Site.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey maker tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Independence, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mission San Antonio de Padua and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel sightseeing site .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
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.
Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and trek along Panorama Trail.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

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 somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Sea Ranch Chapel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Handley Cellars Winery and Husch Vineyards. Step out of Philo with an excursion to Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in Point Arena--about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: do a tasting at Lula Cellars and experience rural life at Pennyroyal Farm.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Philo day trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Philo. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect Philo to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Pennyroyal Farm, Sea Ranch Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Sea Ranch Chapel ©
Sea Ranch Chapel

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then get a taste of the local shopping with Highlight Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, contemplate the long history of Kelley House Museum, then make a trip to Albion River Bridge, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Van Damme State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip website .

Getting from Philo to Fort Bragg by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Kelley House Museum ©
Kelley House Museum
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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