27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Mumbai (Bombay)
Fly:  27​h
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
Mumbai (Bombay)

4
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Los Angeles (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County & Amoeba Music). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and stop by Bergamot Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner.

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Santa Monica is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Santa Monica is minus 13 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in July: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 27°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Getty Center The Publications
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mission Beach Park, look for gifts at Little Italy Mercato, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum

1
day
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then stroll through Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 23°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop

5
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome

2
days
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Schweiger Vineyards & Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to St. Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in St. Helena when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Building Marketplace. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street), learn more about the world around you at California Academy of Sciences, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner.

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks

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