24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+4
ferry + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  25​h
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Philo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  21​h 30​min
End: Boracay

3
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. Head to The Cheese Shop and Carmel Art Associationfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel tour builder app .

Boracay, Philippines to Carmel is an approximately 25-hour combination of ferry, flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Boracay to Carmel, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boracay in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 20°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
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

3
nights
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.
Head to Cambria Nursery & Florist and Lucia Apothecaryfor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and The Garden Gallery. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to The Shell Shop (in Morro Bay), Cambria (Moonstone Beach & Ephraim Pottery West Gallery) and San Simeon (Hearst Ranch Winery, Sebastian General Store, & more). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Pasolivo Olive Oil, look for gifts at LXV Wine, and do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paso Robles, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Cambria, Morro Bay, Templeton
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to State Street, then enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then stop by The Sacred Space, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Jule Hus, stop by Global Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, then stop by Olive HIll Farm, and finally stop by Italian Pottery Outlet.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara planner .

Getting from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paso Robles in February, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Neighborhoods Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Solvang, The Sacred Space
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard

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.
Head to Melrose Trading Post and Bergamot Stationfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at The Grove, hunt for treasures at Flower Market, and take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then take some stellar pictures from Father Crowley Vista Point.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online tour planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, things will get slightly colder in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 20°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Shop till you drop at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books and Mendocino Jams & Preserves. Explore hidden gems such as Navarro Vineyards and Lula Cellars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philo: Mendocino (Big River & Jug Handle State Reserve). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery and savor the flavors at Pennyroyal Farm.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Philo trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Philo in 10 hours. Another option is to fly. In February, daytime highs in Philo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Pennyroyal Farm
Highlights from your plan
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch Vineyards

3
nights
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.
Head to deLorimier Winery and Ramini Mozzarellafor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Guerneville 5 & 10. Venture out of the city with trips to BobDog Winery (in Cloverdale), Clearlake Oaks (Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery & Brassfield Estate Winery) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: stop by Big John's Market and learn about winemaking at Pech Merle Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg online route planner .

You can drive from Philo to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Geyserville, Clearlake Oaks, Guerneville, Fishetarian Fish Market, BobDog Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Brassfield Estate Winery ©
Brassfield Estate Winery

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nights
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 26th (Tue): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then shop like a local with Union Square, and finally look for gifts at Williams-Sonoma. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then shop like a local with Ghirardelli Square.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in February, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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