25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, wander the streets of SoMa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip website .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Modus Operandi Cellars and Inglenook. Do your shopping at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Oxbow Public Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Gracianna Winery, & more) and Glen Ellen (Benziger Family Winery & Jack London State Historic Park). The adventure continues: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Oakville, Glen Ellen, Healdsburg, Inglenook, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

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. On the 3rd (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from St. Helena in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor some retail therapy. Spend the 7th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Shop till you drop at Montana Avenue and Amoeba Music. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

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 bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Los Angeles. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. The adventure continues: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Africa and Beyond.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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