28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Porto

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and wander the streets of SoMa.

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

Porto, Portugal to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St. Helena trip builder website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Lembert Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from St. Helena in June, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll explore and learn at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Angeles (Hollywood & Highland, The Hollywood Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, stop by Bergamot Station, and don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica tour planning site .

Getting from Carmel to Santa Monica by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and tram. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Monica when traveling from Carmel in June, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. There's much more to do: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego route planner.

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in San Diego, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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