28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lompoc
— 2 nights
Drive to Santa Maria Pub/Capt G Allan Hancock Field, Fly to San Francisco International Airport
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Diego

— 5 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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and stroll through Windansea Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation planner.

Lima, Peru to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Lima to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lima in January; daily highs in San Diego reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Lompoc

— 2 nights
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): do a tasting at PENCE, then learn the secrets of beer at 246 Wine & Brew Tours, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, then learn about winemaking at Casa Dumetz Wines, and finally learn about winemaking at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lompoc trip itinerary website.

You can drive from San Diego to Lompoc in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Diego in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lompoc, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Lompoc

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Popular historic sites such as City Lights Booksellers and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and stop by North Beach.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday website.

Explore your travel options from Lompoc to San Francisco with the Route module. When traveling from Lompoc in January, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Napa

— 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more) and Kenwood (B. Wise Vineyards & VJB Cellars). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Inglenook, indulge your senses at Darioush Winery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Napa sightseeing planning site.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in Napa dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 4 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Sapphire Hill Winery and Alexander Valley Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Calistoga (Vincent Arroyo Winery & Spas). Dedicate the 3rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Williamson Wines Tasting Room.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Napa to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Healdsburg can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Pier. Get some historical perspective at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Salt Oasis (in Rancho Cucamonga) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip tool.

You can fly from Healdsburg to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Healdsburg in February: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 25°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.