44 days in California Itinerary

44 days in California Itinerary

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44 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Dublin

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Limantour Beach. You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, kick back and relax at Miramar Beach, and stroll through Golden Gate Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco planner .

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Dublin in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Miramar Beach, Limantour Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Head.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Calistoga trip maker app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Calistoga, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

#Nature, #Parks, #Wineries

Side Trips

Bodega Head, Robert Mondavi Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

4
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visiting Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Asilomar State Beach and Moss Landing State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur) and Marina State Beach (in Marina). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Calistoga to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calistoga in July: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Marina State Beach, Moss Landing State Beach, San Carlos Cathedral, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

9
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company in Bear Valley, about 1h 25 min away. On the 8th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by Sebastian General Store, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Butterfly Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oxnard Beach Park and Ventura Pier and Promenade. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Foxen Vineyard & Winery (in Santa Maria), Ventura (Emma Wood State Beach & Serra Cross Park) and Jalama Beach County Park (in Lompoc). Dedicate the 13th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Ventura, Butterfly Beach, Carpinteria State Beach, Foxen Vineyard & Winery, Oxnard Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

6
nights
Santa Monica

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.
Get outdoors at Santa Monica Beach and Hermosa Beach Pier. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Zuma Beach and Surfrider Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, and stop by Bergamot Station.

Discover how to plan a Santa Monica trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, Santa Monica is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Relax by the water at Mission Beach Park and Children's Pool. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Encinitas (Moonlight Beach & Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. In August in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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