26 days in Rockies to Tetons & California Itinerary

26 days in Rockies to Tetons & California Itinerary

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26 days in Rockies to Tetons & California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

3
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Jackson Hole is known for adventure, wildlife, museums, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Rendezvous Mountain, do a tasting at Jackson Hole Winery, examine the collection at National Museum of Wildlife Art, and go for a walk through Cunningham Cabin.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole trip website .

London, UK to Jackson Hole is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Jackson Hole is minus 7 hours. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Jackson Hole to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rendezvous Mountain ©
Rendezvous Mountain
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Lombard Street, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planner.

Fly from Jackson Hole to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jackson Hole to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jackson Hole in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Attractions like Wine Tours & Tastings and Sonoma Coast State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena), Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen). There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Jack London State Historic Park, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

Before you visit Monterey, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Napa to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in August, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip builder site .

Take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Big Creek Bridge ©
Big Creek Bridge

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip tool .

Getting from Big Sur to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Park, then partake in some friendly competition at ClueHoo, and then stroll through Dana Strands Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Newport Beach road trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Newport Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Newport Beach can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

ClueHoo, Dana Strands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dana Strands Beach ©
Dana Strands Beach

6
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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SeaWorld San Diego, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Newport Beach to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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