28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights

3
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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

4
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park will get you outdoors. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and look for gifts at Catalina Offshore Products.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Take a break from the city and head to Badwater Basin and Devil's Golf Course. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Diego to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from San Diego in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 29°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
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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 discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step out of the city life by going to Bridalveil Fall and Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and trek along North Dome.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alabama Hills and Kings Canyon National Park. Visiting Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, cruise along Generals Hwy, and trek along Moro Rock Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 29°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planning app.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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 18th (Sat), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Exploratorium. Visit Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

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

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Patrick Amiot, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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