25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
1
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + subway + bus:  5​h
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hermosa Beach Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Laguna Beach (in Laguna Beach), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Santa Barbara (Old Mission Santa Barbara & State Street). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica vacation builder website .

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and tram. Traveling from London to Santa Monica, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, Santa Monica is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Mormon Battalion Historic Site are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in San Diego are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

2
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. On the 25th (Wed), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, trek along Point Lobos State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel holiday maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In July, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cannery Row, McWay Falls
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
On the 27th (Fri), hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course and then admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 8°C at night. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery, admire the majestic nature at Bothe-Napa State Park, and then savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read St. Helena travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to St. Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Napa, Calistoga, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Moss Beach to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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