25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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St. Helena
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday planner.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

St. Helena

— 4 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gracianna Winery and Inglenook. Head to Oxbow Public Market and Imagery Estate Winery & Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Glen Ellen (Benziger Family Winery & Jack London State Historic Park) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena day trip planning app.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are little chillier (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Shopping · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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), view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel sightseeing planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from St. Helena in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Mariposa Grove and Elizabeth Lake. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, view the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online travel route builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. For shopping fun, head to Gaslamp Quarter or Spanish Village Art Center. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego online visit planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. 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). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.