32 days in California & Knotts Island Itinerary

32 days in California & Knotts Island Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Bus:  5 h 45 min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h 45 min
5
Knotts Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
West Hollywood
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Auckland

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, then do a tasting at VGS Chateau Potelle, and then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Helena is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Auckland to St. Helena, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in May, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are little chillier (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
VGS Chateau Potelle ©
VGS Chateau Potelle
Wine Tours & Tastings
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery

5
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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker website.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

6
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, trek along Telescope Peak trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls.

Plan my trip to Death Valley National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Knotts Island.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
Knotts Island

Knotts Island ©
Knotts Island is a marshy island and a small unincorporated community. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Martin Farm and Winery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Knotts Island trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Death Valley National Park to Knotts Island. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Knotts Island, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Knotts Island

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Martin Farm and Winery ©
Martin Farm and Winery

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve (in Cardiff-by-the-Sea) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from Knotts Island to San Diego with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Knotts Island in May, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to West Hollywood.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Encinitas
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
night
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 25th (Tue), stop by Bergamot Station.

To find out how to plan a trip to West Hollywood, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Diego to West Hollywood by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. May in West Hollywood sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping

Side Trip

Bergamot Station
Highlights from your plan
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Los Angeles is very close to West Hollywood. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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