30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Santa Rosa
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Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Visalia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Santa Rosa

— 4 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Let the collections at Charles M. Schulz Museum and Paradise Ridge Winery Kenwood capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Rosa: B Cellars Vineyards and Winery (in Oakville), Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, and get a taste of the local shopping with Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Rosa visit planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Santa Rosa is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Stockholm in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Rosa, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. Walt Disney Family Museum and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: hike along Lands End, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner.

Drive from Santa Rosa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

San Jose

— 3 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Natural Bridges State Beach. When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, approximately Pebble Beach away. There's more to do: take an unorthodox tour of Winchester Mystery House.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Visalia.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Visalia

— 3 nights
Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. Step out of the city life by going to Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and General Grant Tree Trail. Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Sequoia National Park.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Visalia trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Jose to Visalia in 3.5 hours. Traveling from San Jose in June, you will find days in Visalia are a bit warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Moonstone Beach Dr. Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Go for a jaunt from Santa Maria to Paso Robles to see Tobin James Cellars about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Cambria Winery & Vineyards, grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Maria trip builder app.

You can drive from Visalia to Santa Maria in 3 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Visalia in June: highs in Santa Maria hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

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 Santa Monica Bay and The Broad. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in June, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Little Italy. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Coronado Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.