36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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36 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  15​h
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ukiah
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  9​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
London

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. You'll get in some beach time at Will Rogers State Beach and Hermosa Beach Pier. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. While traveling from London, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications

5
days
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery and Still Waters Vineyards. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Cambria (Moonstone Cellars & Moonstone Beach). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Venteux Vineyards and examine the collection at Woodland Auto Display.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Paso Robles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: high temperatures in Paso Robles hover around 20°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Templeton, San Simeon, Cambria, Morro Rock, Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

3
days
Carmel

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Pierce Ranch Vineyards and San Carlos Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carmel road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, make a trip to The Embarcadero, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Francisco are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

5
days
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Escape the urban bustle at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Gualala Point Regional Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Head. Explore Healdsburg's surroundings by going to BobDog Winery (in Cloverdale), Storybook Mountain Vineyards (in Calistoga) and Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West and do a tasting at Davis Family Vineyards.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg road trip planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, Healdsburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Geyserville, Calistoga, BobDog Winery, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West

3
days
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Barra of Mendocino. Saracina Vineyards and Husch Vineyards & Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ukiah: Philo (Goldeneye Winery & Navarro Vineyards & Winery) and Brassfield Estate Winery (in Clearlake Oaks). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Toulouse Vineyards & Winery and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ukiah trip maker site .

Getting from Healdsburg to Ukiah by car takes about an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Philo, Brassfield Estate Winery, Saracina Vineyards, Barra of Mendocino, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Barra of Mendocino ©
Barra of Mendocino
Brassfield Estate Winery
Brassfield Estate Winery

4
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Step out of the city life by going to Tunnel View and Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. On the 8th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Wawona Meadow, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Ukiah to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ukiah in March, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 14°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

4
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get outdoors at Badwater and Trona Pinnacles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zabriskie Point and Telescope Peak trail. When in Death Valley National Park, make a side trip to see Mount Whitney Trail in Lone Pine, approximately 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Inyo National Forest.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 26°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mount Whitney Trail, Inyo National Forest, Trona Pinnacles
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Telescope Peak trail ©
Telescope Peak trail

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