25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Monterey
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  15​h
End: Manchester

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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, childrens museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, have fun at California Science Center, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles tour planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and then wander the streets of Historic Downtown Truckee. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Northstar California and then kick back and relax at Sand Harbor.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Diego to Truckee. Expect colder evenings in Truckee when traveling from San Diego in August, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Sand Harbor
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River Rafting & Tubing
Northstar California ©
Northstar California

5
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: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing website .

You can drive from Truckee to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Truckee in August, plan for a bit cooler days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

5
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach), Solvang (Hans Christian Andersen Park & Hans Christian Andersen Museum) and Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, make a trip to El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park, and get lost in a book at Camarillo Public Library.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planning website .

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Solvang, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Camarillo Public Library, Pismo Pier
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and then learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monterey route builder tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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