30 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

30 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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30 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
St. Helena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sofia

6
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.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollyhock House will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and examine the collection at Japanese American National Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles route planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Sofia in June, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and shop like a local with Carmel Art Association.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner .

Fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect Monterey to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Get outdoors at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Filoli and San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton), Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport) and Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at 49ers Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and get curious at Children's Discovery Museum.

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You can drive from Monterey to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pescadero, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, 49ers Museum, Filoli
Highlights from your plan
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©

5
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Let the collections at Mumm Napa and Sharpsteen Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, steep yourself in history at Jack London State Historic Park, and get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planner .

You can drive from San Jose to St. Helena in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Jose in July, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Nature

Side Trips

Yountville, Calistoga, Rutherford, Oakville, Glen Ellen
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and Musee Mecanique. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from St. Helena, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf