26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

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

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Vancouver, Canada to St. Helena is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in May: highs in St. Helena hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Napa, Sonoma
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

6
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from St. Helena in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

6
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.
Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 22nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, explore and take pictures at Staples Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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.
Pack the 31st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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