31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

4
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.
Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Kansas City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kansas City to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in April, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 59°F and lows about 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, admire all the interesting features of Golden Gate Park, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Step out of St. Helena with an excursion to Simraceway Performance Driving Center in Sonoma--about 50 minutes away. Dedicate the 14th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in St. Helena, with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Oakville, Wine Tours & Tastings, Inglenook, Simraceway Performance Driving Center
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo) and Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez). Dedicate the 17th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from St. Helena to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 22nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, get curious at California Science Center, and admire all the interesting features of Staples Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Los Angeles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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