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

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 46 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Julian.

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
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

2
nights
Julian

Julian ©
Julian is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at California Wolf Center, explore and take pictures at Eagle and High Peak Mine, and then look for all kinds of wild species at inaja Memorial Picnic Sight. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Cuyamaca and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Julian trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Julian takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Diego in March, Julian is a bit cooler at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Julian

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
California Wolf Center ©
California Wolf Center
Lake Cuyamaca ©
Lake Cuyamaca

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 29th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, engage your brain at California Science Center, have fun and explore at Travel Town, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles journey maker site .

Drive from Julian to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Traveling from Julian in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and McGurk Meadow. Spend the 3rd (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along North Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation planner .

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 and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and The Gregangelo Museum. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

3
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Attractions like Wine Tours & Tastings and Mission San Francisco Solano make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting St. Helena side-trips: Sonoma (Sonoma Barracks & Sonoma Plaza). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, and contemplate the long history of Jack London State Historic Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 45°F. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, Jack London State Historic Park, Sharpsteen Museum, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

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