25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h
1
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Manchester

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Bothe-Napa State Park, then view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Helena holiday planner .

Manchester, UK to St. Helena is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. While traveling from Manchester, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Bothe-Napa State Park, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tallac Historic Site and Genoa Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Sand Harbor and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Nevada State Museum (in Carson City) and Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory (in New Washoe City). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Galleries, explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe day trip app .

You can drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in June, things will get little chillier in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 29°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, Emerald Bay State Park, Nevada State Museum, Genoa Cemetery, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's lots more to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (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

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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Exploratorium and Tenderloin Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Union Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planning tool .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
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.
USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Marston House Museum. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, stroll through San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

4
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 Montana Avenue. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Third Street Promenadefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (The Disney Gallery & Oak Canyon Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online travel route planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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