29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  21​h 45​min
1
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 17th (Wed), do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Vincent Arroyo Winery, then learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, stop by Dean & DeLuca, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena route builder app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to St. Helena is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to St. Helena due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in April since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Oakville, Calistoga, Inglenook, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Fort Funston National Park. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Step out of San Francisco to go to San Gregorio and see San Gregorio State Beach, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, take a stroll through SoMa, and don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from St. Helena in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mormon Battalion Historic Site and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, stroll through Children's Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get in touch with nature at Will Rogers State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip site .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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