26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Salvador
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Salvador

3
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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

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

San Salvador, El Salvador to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Salvador in March, you will find days in San Diego are colder (24°C), and nights are a bit cooler (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sonoma (Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Barracks, & more). Dedicate the 27th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena attractions planning tool .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in St. Helena, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planner .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Murphy Avenue, then get lost in a book at Central Park Library, and then delve into the mystery of Winchester Mystery House.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose online road trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Murphy Avenue, Central Park Library
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Central Park Library ©
Central Park Library
Murphy Avenue ©
Murphy Avenue

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Jose to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in April: highs in Monterey hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

4
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.
On the 8th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take an in-depth tour of Parsons Memorial, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (17°C), and nights are cooler (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner .

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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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