28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Napa
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in September, with highs in San Francisco at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Napa

America's Wine Country

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena), Santa Rosa (Safari West & Siduri Wines) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Jordan Vineyard & Winery). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Napa sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Napa when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, hike along Congress Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route tool.

Getting from Napa to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Napa - with highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are colder (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Los Angeles

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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San Diego

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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

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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.