28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Subway + Bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Manchester

4
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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego route planner .

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in June; daily highs in San Diego reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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AxeVentures ©
AxeVentures
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
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 these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

4
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more), Sonoma (MacLaren & Sonoma Coast State Beach) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Gracianna Winery, & more). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Plaza, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Napa tour website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, subway, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Napa in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Napa dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Honig Vineyard & Winery, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Napa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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