27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Oakville
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Sault Ste. Marie

6
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 Twin Peaks. Get in touch with nature at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Baker Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and take a stroll through North Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco route maker website .

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Sault Ste. Marie to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oakville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Oakville

Oakville ©
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oakville trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Oakville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for little chillier nights in Oakville, with lows around 7°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature Center at Happy Isles and Merced Grove. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Oakville to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Oakville in April, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 17°C and lows at -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore and take pictures at Lovers Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carmel in May since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

4
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Do some cultural sightseeing at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Watts Towers (in Los Angeles) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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