25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  2​h 15​min
6
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Attractions like Exploratorium and Baker Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Alcatraz Island, tee off at Lincoln Park, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco custom trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

few
hours
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park travel planner.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 45°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. You'll set off for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

2
nights
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 18th (Wed), stroll through Manzanar National Historic Site. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, and then examine the collection at Lone Pine Film History Museums.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 20th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Cannery Row, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and finally steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion. Keep things going the next day: listen to music at Third Street Promenade and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica itinerary maker.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Monica by combination of flight and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Greystone Mansion and Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): Head underground at Bronson Caves and then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary builder.

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, Children's Pool, SeaWorld San Diego, and other attractions. Visiting San Diego Zoo and Mission Beach Park will get you outdoors. Attractions like Maritime Museum of San Diego and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art, and stroll through Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve ©
Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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