28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

Start: Gander
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Gander

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, learn about winemaking at Press Club, and wander the streets of The Castro.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip site .

Gander, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Gander to San Francisco is minus 4 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Gander in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

6
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Sapphire Hill Winery, & more), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and 101 North Brewing Company (in Petaluma). There's more to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena road trip website .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in February since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Kenwood, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

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 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and then stroll through Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online route planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Mission Beach Park, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Belching Beaver North Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning website .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

7
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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Royal Palms State Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Venice Canals Walkway. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall, shop like a local with Montana Avenue, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and catch a movie at California Science Center.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Neighborhoods Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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