22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fredericton
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Eureka
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Palm Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Fredericton

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Fredericton, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fredericton to San Francisco is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Fredericton in April, things will get warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Asian Art Museum ©
Asian Art Museum

2
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 22nd (Mon), examine the collection at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Camel Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, pick up some local products at Arcata Farmers' Market, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Lagoon County Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Eureka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: high temperatures in Eureka hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Eureka

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arcata, Trinidad, Camel Rock, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Arcata Farmers' Market ©
Arcata Farmers' Market

2
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, get a taste of the local shopping with Photography West Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row Antique Mall, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Eureka to Carmel in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Eureka, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cannery Row Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
Cambria

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). Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then take in the exciting artwork at Studios on the Park, and finally learn about winemaking at McPrice Myers Winery.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cambria trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Paso Robles
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Parsons Memorial. Change things up with a short trip to Mono County Museum in Bridgeport (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, trek along Pohono Trail, kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

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Getting from Cambria to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cambria in April, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 17°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bridgeport
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Shop till you drop at Montana Avenue and Amoeba Music. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, explore the galleries of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Do your shopping at The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery and El Paseo Shopping District. Get a sense of the local culture at Palm Springs Air Museum and Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Landers (Integratron & The Dream Wanderer), Palm Desert (Heather James Fine Art & CODA Gallery) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, experience rural life at Sam Cobb Farms, hike along Wall Street Mill, and explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 39°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Twentynine Palms, Landers, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum