25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Naples
train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Naples

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Peaks.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Naples, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Naples to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In January, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Seal Rookery and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Get outdoors at Moonstone Beach and Morro Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon), Leffingwell Landing (in Cambria) and Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paso Robles trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Paso Robles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Paso Robles when traveling from San Francisco in January, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Jack Creek Celllars, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
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. Relax by the water at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Carlos Cathedral and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, stop by The Cheese Shop, and stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

Make your Carmel itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Paso Robles to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego holiday maker tool .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carmel in January since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Tunnel View and June Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Village & Yosemite Falls). On the 25th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mammoth Mountain.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Diego in January: high temperatures in Mammoth Lakes hover around 5°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badwater and Dante's View. Visiting Zabriskie Point and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail will get you outdoors. When in Death Valley National Park, make a side trip to see Harmony Borax Works in Death Valley Junction, approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in January, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 18°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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