27 days in California & Honolulu Itinerary

27 days in California & Honolulu Itinerary

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27 days in California & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
9
Honolulu
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
10
Los Angeles
— 1 night
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.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

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Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Mystery Spot, learn about winemaking at Beauregard Vineyard, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, get curious at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, then take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, and finally go for a walk through West Cliff Drive.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be somewhat warmer, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cambria.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 8th (Thu), stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Cambria in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in Cambria are warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Friends of the Elephant Seal, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Brown Butter Cookie Company ©
Brown Butter Cookie Company

2
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier. On your second day here, take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, then learn about winemaking at Ancient Peaks Winery, and finally stroll through Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach tour planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Pismo Beach in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cambria in August, expect nights in Pismo Beach to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Ancient Peaks Winery, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Speed Boats Tours
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online holiday planner .

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

2
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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. Pack the 14th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. It doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

7
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Honolulu tour itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Honolulu, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 22nd (Thu), stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Honolulu to Los Angeles by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and tram; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Los Angeles is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Honolulu in August since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Disney California Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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