28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Africa and Beyond, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and stroll through San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planning tool .

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Dallas in March, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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.
For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Hammer Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, shop like a local with Annenberg Space for Photography, and kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles route builder .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in March, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and make a trip to Ansel Adams Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 53°F and 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

3
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. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, Carmel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Oxbow Public Market and Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Modus Operandi Cellars and Far Niente Winery. Dedicate the 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and savor the flavors at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena trip maker tool .

Getting from Carmel to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Oakville, Napa, Inglenook, Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, Bell Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

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 Union Square and Alcatraz Island. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Civic Center. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, wander the streets of The Castro, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online day trip planner .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from St. Helena in April since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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