27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Mecanique and de Young Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip builder.

Krakow, Poland to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Krakow in April, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Let the collections at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery capture your imagination. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Museums

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Timken Museum of Art capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip website.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get some historical perspective at Indian Canyons and Hollywood Walk of Fame. You'll explore and learn at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Palm Springs Air Museum (in Palm Springs) and Angeles National Forest (in Arcadia). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 25th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get outdoors at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.