31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary builder

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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 1st (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains, get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip maker site.

Manchester, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, around 7°C, while days are warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Tioga Pass. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Lewis Creek Trail in Fish Camp, approximately Fish Camp away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Pohono Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shadow of the Giants Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Balloon Rides (in Napa). Dedicate the 8th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Presidio of San Francisco, identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria

— 2 nights
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). Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Jade Cove, let the kids burn off some steam at Pewter Plough Playhouse, steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 4 nights

The American Riviera

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa Barbara Harbor and Monarch Butterfly Grove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Santa Maria Fairpark (in Santa Maria). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, admire the natural beauty at Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden, learn about winemaking at Summerland Winery, and take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara itinerary builder website.

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in March, Santa Barbara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Torrey Pines Gliderport. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido), Carlsbad (South Carlsbad State Beach & The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, wander the streets of Little Italy, and take a leisurely stroll along San Clemente Pier.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Borrego Springs

— 2 nights
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 25th (Thu), explore the fascinating landscape at Yaqui Well, explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Coyote Canyon. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Slot Canyon, play a few rounds at Borrego Springs Resort Golf Club & Spa, then tee off at The Springs at Borrego Golf Course, and finally don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Borrego Springs trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Borrego Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in March: highs in Borrego Springs hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Palm Springs

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Coachella Valley Preserve and San Jacinto Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Temecula (Balloon Rides & Wilson Creek Winery).

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Borrego Springs to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Borrego Springs in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.