29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, identify plant and animal life at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online route planner .

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

5
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.
Relax by the water at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Norton Simon Museum (in Pasadena), Los Angeles (Avila Adobe, Griffith Observatory, & more) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature Center at Happy Isles and Valley View. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Santa Monica in May, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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. On the 13th (Mon), stop by The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Carmel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena tour planner .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in St. Helena hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

#Tours, #Wineries, #Museums

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Sharpsteen Museum, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Take a break from the city and head to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and San Gregorio State Beach. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take a stroll through SoMa.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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