24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Ferry Building Marketplace. Appreciate the collections at Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey maker site .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or 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. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
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 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and hike along Panorama Trail.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) 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
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: West End Beach and Baldwin Beach. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Meeks Bay Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach, kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Galleries.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe day trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Meeks Bay Beach, West End Beach
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much hotter evenings in San Diego when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 14th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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