29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + bus:  28​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Philo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get some cultural insight at Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine. Take a break from the city and head to Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Gus's Fresh Jerky in Olancha--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Mumbai, India to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Mumbai to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gus's Fresh Jerky, Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Your inner history buff will appreciate State Street and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Solvang Antiques. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station), Koehler Winery (in Los Olivos) and Solvang (Sort This Out Cellars & The Good Life). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Sacred Space, immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, get some fabulous bargains at Italian Pottery Outlet, and stroll through Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip builder tool .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. In December, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Monica, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, The Sacred Space, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Get some cultural insight at Caliza Winery and Brochelle Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and Morro Bay (Morro Rock & The Shell Shop). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, stop by Sebastian General Store, and admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cambria sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, Cambria is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
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. Get some cultural insight at Carmel Art Association and Silvestri Vineyards. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by The Cheese Shop, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, and kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center in Mammoth Lakes, about 1 hour away. On the 5th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and explore the striking landscape at Taft Point.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in January, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Black Sands Beach and Glass Beach. Visiting Gualala Point Regional Park and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philo: Briceland Vineyards (in Redway), Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch) and Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books (in Mendocino). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Navarro Vineyards.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Philo trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Philo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Philo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Philo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Brassfield Estate Winery, Briceland Vineyards, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, Glass Beach
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Union Square and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Oxbow Public Market (in Napa) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Philo to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Philo in January, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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