31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

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

4
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and have fun at Balboa Park.

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Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Julian.

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
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

2
nights
Julian

Julian ©
Julian is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California, in the United States. On the 4th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at California Wolf Center, admire all the interesting features of Eagle and High Peak Mine, and then identify plant and animal life at inaja Memorial Picnic Sight. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Cuyamaca and then identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears.

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You can drive from San Diego to Julian in 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Julian. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Julian

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
California Wolf Center ©
California Wolf Center
Lake Cuyamaca ©
Lake Cuyamaca

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fishing Charters & Tours and North Dome. Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online journey builder .

Explore your travel options from Julian to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Julian in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 65°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Crissy Field. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online day trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

2
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
On the 18th (Sat), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, then admire all the interesting features of Sonoma Plaza, then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read St. Helena trip app .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Napa, Jack London State Historic Park, Sonoma Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

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.
Attractions like Santa Barbara Zoo and Douglas Family Preserve make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Santa Barbara with a short trip to Camarillo Public Library in Camarillo, about 1h 10 min away. Dedicate the 20th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from St. Helena to Santa Barbara by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

7
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Los Angeles. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

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
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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