30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  9 h
1
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Tehachapi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Sacramento
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  10 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
You'll explore and learn at Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to El Paseo Shopping District and 29 Palms Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Landers (The Dream Wanderer & Integratron), Borrego Art Institute (in Borrego Springs) and Palm Desert (Heather James Fine Art & CODA Gallery).

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Philadelphia to Palm Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in April, plan for warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 89°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Twentynine Palms, Landers, Borrego Art Institute
Highlights from your plan
Borrego Art Institute ©
Borrego Art Institute
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and The Grove. Museum-lovers will get to explore Annenberg Space for Photography and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Montana Avenue about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online route planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tehachapi.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
Tehachapi

Tehachapi ©
Tehachapi is a city in Kern County, California, in the Tehachapi Mountains, at an elevation of between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.Tehachapi is 35mi east-southeast of Bakersfield, and west of Mojave. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at The Cat House, revel in the low prices at Outlets at Tejon, and then steep yourself in history at Tehachapi Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Tehachapi Museum, thendo a tasting at Souza Family Vineyard, and finally look for gifts at Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tehachapi trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Los Angeles to Tehachapi in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in April, with highs in Tehachapi at 63°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Tehachapi

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

The Cat House, Outlets at Tejon
Highlights from your plan
The Cat House ©
The Cat House
Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum ©
Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum
Tehachapi Museum ©
Tehachapi Museum

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). Hearst Castle and Mission San Antonio de Padua will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Friends of the Elephant Seal and Fiona Bleu Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Cambria to King City to see Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Harmony Pottery Works, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and examine the collection at Morro Bay State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tehachapi to Cambria takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tehachapi in April: highs in Cambria hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, Harmony Pottery Works, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua

3
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. Appreciate the collections at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and Photography West Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, view the masterpieces at Weston Gallery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner.

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in April, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association
Jameson Classic Motorcycle Museum ©
Jameson Classic Motorcycle Museum
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

4
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like California State Railroad Museum and Fine Eye Gallery. Shop till you drop at The Artery and Antique Trove. Change things up with these side-trips from Sacramento: Baiocchi Tasting Room (in Sutter Creek), Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum (in Nevada City) and California Agriculture Museum (in Woodland). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, view the masterpieces at Blue Line Arts, and examine the collection at Old Sacramento Waterfront.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Sacramento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in April, you will find days in Sacramento are somewhat warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Roseville, Davis, Sutter Creek, Golden Drift Museum, Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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 Ferry Building Marketplace and California Academy of Sciences. Head to City Lights Booksellers and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in Sebastopol) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take a stroll through Union Square, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey planning website.

You can drive from Sacramento to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sacramento in April, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ansel Adams Gallery and Mono County Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Mono Basin Historical Society (in Lee Vining). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 28°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Mono Basin Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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