28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, wander the streets of SoMa, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dallas in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

5
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Modus Operandi Cellars and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wine Tours & Tastings and Sharpsteen Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum (in Napa) and Jordan Vineyard & Winery (in Healdsburg). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Inglenook, admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, and get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena trip maker site .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, St. Helena is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Oakville, Napa, Calistoga, Inglenook, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

1
night
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. On the 31st (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. In March in Carmel, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, get great views at Tunnel View, play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail ©
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail
Valley View ©
Valley View

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 The Getty Center will thrill your kids. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Playa Del Rey Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). Pack the 9th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

6
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 San Diego Air & Space Museum. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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