27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Los Osos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Christchurch

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Alpine to see Lions, Tigers & Bears about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego journey planning website .

Christchurch, New Zealand to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. In April, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Christchurch - with highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planning website .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Osos.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

3
nights
Los Osos

Los Osos ©
Los Osos is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located along the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. Get some cultural insight at Point San Luis Lighthouse and Fratelli Perata Winery. Get in touch with nature at Elephant Seal Rookery and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Osos: Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon), Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (in Cambria) and McPrice Myers Winery (in Paso Robles). There's more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Osos trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Los Osos in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Los Osos, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Osos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Paso Robles, San Simeon, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Change things up with a short trip to Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Landing (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, and explore and take pictures at Bird Rock Vista Point.

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Traveling by car from Los Osos to Monterey takes 3 hours. Traveling from Los Osos in April, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Moss Landing, Bird Rock Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Modus Operandi Cellars and Inglenook. Take a break from the city and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen), Cosumnes River Preserve (in Galt) and St. Helena (Ladera Vineyards & Pride Mountain Vineyards). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

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Getting from Monterey to Napa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in May: highs in Napa hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Jack London State Historic Park, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and de Young Museum. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip builder .

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. You will leave for home on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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