22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
5
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 3 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.
Union Square and Alcatraz Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Marshall’s Beach and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco to go to Pacifica and see Rockaway Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip site .

London, 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 flight and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Robert Mondavi Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

1
night
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 11th (Wed), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel journey planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from St. Helena in September, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Get in touch with nature at Taft Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in September, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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.
Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hollywood & Highland. You'll get in some beach time at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Los Angeles (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Autry Museum of the American West, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica itinerary builder .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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 get to explore USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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