29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Union Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and stroll through Lincoln Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planning app .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Patrick Amiot, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 23rd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

McWay Falls, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Seal Rookery and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Dante's View and Artists Palette. The adventure continues: cruise along Artists Dr and take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Half Dome. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes trip site .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
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 historical perspective at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and Oceanside Pier. Change things up with a short trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs (about 1h 50 min away). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and snap pictures at Coronado Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Oceanside Pier, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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