28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Geneva

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego holiday planning tool .

Geneva, Switzerland to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Geneva to San Diego is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Geneva in October, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for parks, breweries & distilleries, fun & games, museums, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, walk around Mariposa Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Half Dome.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip maker app .

Fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planner.

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Santa Rosa (Siduri Wines & Safari West), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Pride Mountain Vineyards) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, & more). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Napa trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Napa when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sonoma, Healdsburg, St. Helena, Santa Rosa, Benziger Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

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