27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly:  22 h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Amritsar

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and La Jolla Shores Park. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, deepen your understanding at Torrey Pines Gliderport, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip website .

Amritsar, India to San Diego is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Amritsar in October, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Coronado, South Carlsbad State Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

5
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 hidden gems such as The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Newport Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Barbara (Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, &more), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Laguna Beach (Crystal Cove & Heisler Park). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Pacific, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Laguna Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific, Newport Beach, Ganna Walska Lotusland
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: The Presidente tree (in Three Rivers), Giant Sequoia National Monument (in Visalia) and Fossil Falls (in Little Lake). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, hike along Congress Trail, admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, and stroll through Panoramic Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park driving holiday website .

Drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Racetrack, The Presidente tree, Cerro Gordo Mines, Fossil Falls, Giant Sequoia National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
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 15th (Thu), make a trip to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, and finally get great views at Valley View. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, and finally trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Ravenswood Historic Site (in Livermore), Santa Cruz (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Santa Cruz Wharf, &more) and Stockton (Historic Bob Hope Theatre, Downtown Stockton Marina and Joan Darrah Promenade, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Stockton, Ravenswood Historic Site, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Wine Tours & Tastings
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Balloon Rides and Oxbow Public Market. Explore Napa's surroundings by going to St. Helena (Buehler Vineyards, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, &more) and Sonoma (Sonoma Raceway & Simraceway Performance Driving Center). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Head underground at Jarvis Estate, and admire the masterpieces at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Napa day trip planning website .

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Napa, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Balloon Rides
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): do a tasting at MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, do a tasting at Dutton Goldfield Winery, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Mauritson Wines, then do a tasting at Mazzocco Sonoma, and finally do a tasting at Truett Hurst Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip maker website .

Drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Pech Merle Winery, Dutton Goldfield Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Dutton Goldfield Winery ©
Dutton Goldfield Winery
Rodney Strong Vineyards ©
Rodney Strong Vineyards

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