30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Arcata
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cambria
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Bodega Dunes and Castello di Amorosa. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner), Ramini Mozzarella (in Tomales) and St. Helena (Tudal Winery & Titus Vineyards). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online travel route planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arcata.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach, Ramini Mozzarella
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Arcata

Arcata ©
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. Shop till you drop at Arcata Farmers' Market and The Blacksmith Shop. Step off the beaten path and head to Black Sands Beach and Trinidad State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Clendenen's Cider Works (in Fortuna) and Big Lagoon County Park (in Trinidad). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room and stroll through Hikshari Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arcata attractions tool .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Arcata with the Route module. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Arcata, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Arcata

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad, Hikshari Trail, The Blacksmith Shop, Black Sands Beach, Clendenen's Cider Works
Highlights from your plan
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Clendenen's Cider Works ©
Clendenen's Cider Works

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books and Ananse Village. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noyo Headlands Park and Pudding Creek Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, cruise along Mendocino Coast, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Arcata to Fort Bragg takes 3 hours. When traveling from Arcata in June, plan for much warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek 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. For shopping fun, head to The Cheese Shop or Cannery Row Antique Mall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
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). Discover out-of-the-way places like Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Piedras Blancas and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and Morro Bay (Fiona Bleu Gallery & Morro Rock). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cambria trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Cambria are much warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
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 Dante's View. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park route builder site .

Getting from Cambria to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cambria in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Outlets at Tejon and Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or The Grove. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, Outlets at Tejon, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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