27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Berlin

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Highlands, and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, then do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, and finally view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Rosa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Rosa, with highs around 28°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Highlands, Modus Operandi Cellars, Patrick Amiot
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Enderts Beach. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Trillium Falls Hike). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stout Grove, enjoy the sand and surf at Point St. George Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Crescent City online attractions planner .

Fly from Santa Rosa to Crescent City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Rosa in May, expect nights in Crescent City to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. Visit La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Alpine to see Lions, Tigers & Bears about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Diego takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Crescent City in May, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Oak Canyon Nature Center, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the majestic nature at Royal Palms State Beach, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Spend the 15th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©

3
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. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Moss Landing (Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, and kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Moss Landing, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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