16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning tool.

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 May; daily highs in San Diego reach 25°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

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Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, hike along Cooks Meadow Loop, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planner.

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery, Gary Farrell Winery, &more). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, walk around Golden Gate Park, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Healdsburg
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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