22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Newport Beach
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
5
Mill Valley
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
6
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Downtown Disney in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker website .

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in January, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Downtown Disney
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Rodeo Drive and then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder site .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. January in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rodeo Drive, Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Paradise Cove, take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally stroll around Malibu Bluffs Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, and then stroll through El Matador State Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Malibu online travel planner .

Drive from Santa Monica to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve ©
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

2
nights
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 11th (Sat): head off the coast to Balboa Island, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then kick back and relax at Corona Del Mar State Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove and then kick back and relax at Newport Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Newport Beach day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Newport Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Newport Beach can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mill Valley.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Crystal Cove
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

3
nights
Mill Valley

Mill Valley ©
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tamalpais State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mill Valley online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Newport Beach to Mill Valley in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Newport Beach in January, things will get little chillier in Mill Valley: highs are around 58°F and lows about 39°F. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Napa, V. Sattui Winery, Marin Headlands
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Mount Tamalpais State Park ©
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

8
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planner.

Getting from Mill Valley to San Francisco by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Mill Valley in January, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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