17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive
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Berkeley
— 3 nights
Drive
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Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mariposa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— Few hours
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online day trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. In April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. You'll set off for Berkeley on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Berkeley

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then stop by Fisherman's Wharf, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Berkeley day trip website.

Berkeley is just a short distance from San Francisco. In April in Berkeley, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Calistoga.

Things to do in Berkeley

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Calistoga

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): do a tasting at Moone Tsai Winery, then do a tasting at Merryvale Vineyards, then do a tasting at Flora Springs - The Room, and finally do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Von Strasser Family of Wines, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, do a tasting at Sterling Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Madrigal Family Winery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Calistoga trip planning site.

You can drive from Berkeley to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or do a combination of subway, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Calistoga when traveling from Berkeley in April, with lows around 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): hike along Rubicon Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, then view the masterpieces at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, then shop like a local with Wyland Galleries, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Drive from Calistoga to South Lake Tahoe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder than Calistoga - with highs of 15°C and lows of -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Mariposa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Mariposa

Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Mariposa Museum and History Center and then do a tasting at Butterfly Creek Winery & Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at California State Mining and Mineral Museum, then stop by Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Arts, then steep yourself in history at Northern Mariposa County History Center, and finally hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mariposa online travel planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Mariposa by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Mariposa: highs are around 28°C and lows about 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Carmel.

Things to do in Mariposa

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

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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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Mariposa to Carmel takes 3 hours. Traveling from Mariposa in April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Cambria

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Get some cultural insight at Hearst Castle and Museum of Natural History. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point San Luis Lighthouse and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip tool.

Getting from Carmel to Cambria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in April, expect nights in Cambria to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in April, you will find days in Santa Barbara are little chillier (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in April since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 15°C. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

California travel guide

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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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.