31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Zurich

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Get some historical perspective at City Lights Booksellers and The Embarcadero. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker app .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco. Traveling from Zurich in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

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

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Appreciate the collections at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Modus Operandi Cellars and Inglenook. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). Dedicate the 5th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, admire all the interesting features of Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read St. Helena attractions app .

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 June, expect nights in St. Helena to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Napa, Oakville, Healdsburg, Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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. You'll explore and learn at Carmel Art Association and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel tour app .

Getting from St. Helena to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in June, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Taft Point. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation maker .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Montana Avenue and Hammer Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stop by Craft & Folk Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Melrose Trading Post.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Montana Avenue
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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Africa and Beyond capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Gaslamp Quarter or Spanish Village Art Center. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in San Diego hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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