32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Crescent City
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Windansea Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning site .

Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in March, you will find days in San Diego are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are warmer (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, stroll through Playa Del Rey Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then hike along Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel travel route builder website .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 64°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Presidio of San Francisco. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Take a break from the city and head to Redwood National Park and Trillium Falls Hike. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Enderts Beach and Point St George Park. Step out of Crescent City to go to Redwood National Park and see California Coastal Trail, which is approximately 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Point St. George Beach and stroll through Wilson Creek Beach.

Before you visit Crescent City, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Crescent City at 56°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Wilson Creek Beach
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at Tahoe Cross Country and Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters. Venture out of the city with trips to Tahoe City (Commons Beach Park & Gatekeeper's Museum). On the 25th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Pacific Crest Snowcats. There's still lots to do: glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Crescent City to Truckee in 8 hours. Another option is to fly. When traveling from Crescent City in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Truckee, with highs around 50°F, while nights are colder with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Pacific Crest Snowcats
Highlights from your plan
Gatekeeper's Museum ©
Gatekeeper's Museum

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. On the 28th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Mono Pass Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Truckee to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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