30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + 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
Drive:  4​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Get some cultural insight at Borrego Art Institute and Antique Galleries of Palm Springs. For shopping fun, head to The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery or CODA Gallery. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Heather James Fine Art (in Palm Desert), Twentynine Palms (29 Palms Art Gallery & Old Schoolhouse Museum) and Landers (The Dream Wanderer & Integratron). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, view the masterpieces at Motif, admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with El Paseo Shopping District.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planner.

Philadelphia to Palm Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For shopping fun, head to Hammer Museum or Montana Avenue. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Simi Valley and see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in April, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tehachapi.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Norton Simon Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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. On the 10th (Fri), see the interesting displays 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 next day: examine the collection at Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tehachapi Museum, then do a tasting at Souza Family Vineyard, and finally stop by Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tehachapi travel planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Tehachapi in 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get little chillier in Tehachapi: highs are around 63°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Tehachapi

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Outlets at Tejon, The Cat House
Highlights from your plan
The Cat House ©
The Cat House
Tehachapi Loop ©
Tehachapi Loop
Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum ©
Tehachapi Depot Railroad 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). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hearst Castle and artifacts gallery. Visit Mission San Antonio de Padua and Cambria Cemetery for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum (in King City) and Fiona Bleu Gallery (in Morro Bay). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works, see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip itinerary site .

Getting from Tehachapi to Cambria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tehachapi in April: highs in Cambria hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, 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. Head to Carmel Art Association and Weston Galleryfor some retail therapy. Let the collections at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and Gallery by the Sea Carmel capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, examine the collection at Jameson Classic Motorcycle Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Gallery Carmel, and take in the exciting artwork at Photography West Gallery.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel vacation planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in April, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to California State Railroad Museum and Golden Drift Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fine Eye Gallery and Baiocchi Tasting Room. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sacramento: North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum (in Grass Valley), California Agriculture Museum (in Woodland) and Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum (in Nevada City). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Old Sacramento, view the masterpieces at The Artery, browse the fresh offerings at Farmers Market, and admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip planner .

Drive from Carmel to Sacramento in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. Traveling from Carmel in April, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Davis, Roseville, Sutter Creek, Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum, North Star Powerhouse Mining 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.
Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa), Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in Sebastopol) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Union Square, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, get curious at Exploratorium, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Sacramento to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Sacramento in April, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mono County Museum and Mono Basin Historical Society. Do your shopping at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

Plan my trip to Yosemite National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Mono Basin Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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