14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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Mendocino
— 2 nights
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Sonoma
— 2 nights
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Sausalito
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Paso Robles
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip app.

Los Angeles to Santa Cruz is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get little chillier in Santa Cruz: highs are around 68°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mendocino

— 2 nights
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 24th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and then cruise along Mendocino Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, then admire the majestic nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Damme State Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mendocino visit planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Mendocino in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Mendocino are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Sonoma

— 2 nights
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then appreciate the views at Sonoma Valley, and finally walk around Sonoma Plaza.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sonoma visit planner.

You can drive from Mendocino to Sonoma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mendocino in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Sonoma, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sausalito.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sausalito

— 2 nights
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands, then get great views at Battery Spencer, then get great views at Vista Point, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Sausalito Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at The Marine Mammal Center, then get great views at Golden Gate View Point, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sausalito tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to Sausalito takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sonoma in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sausalito, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, walk around Golden Gate Park, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip planner.

San Francisco is just a stone's throw from Sausalito. In April, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Paso Robles

— 2 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Tobin James Cellars and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then stroll through Piedras Blancas.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Paso Robles itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Paso Robles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Paso Robles: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.