32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the next day, look for gifts at Little Italy Mercato, look for gifts at Racine & Laramie Tobacconist, and then shop like a local with Seaport Village.

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

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Outdoors Parks
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

6
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Explore hidden gems such as State Street and Carpinteria State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Fess Parker (in Los Olivos) and Ostrich Land (in Buellton). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern, and get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara route builder website .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fess Parker, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Carpinteria State Beach, La Purisima State Historical Park, Ostrich Land
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

4
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Museum of Natural History. Explore Cambria's surroundings by going to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach), Morro Bay National Estuary (in Morro Bay) and Paso Robles (Sculpterra Winery & Calcareous Vineyard). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Co and learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Cambria route planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Cambria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Paso Robles, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden ©

5
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos State Reserve and Lovers Point. Step out of the city life by going to Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas) and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (in Big Sur). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning tool .

Getting from Cambria to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cambria in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

8
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.
Visiting Bodie State Historic Park and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to El Portal to see El Portal Market about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Merced Grove.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planning website .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, El Portal Market
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Amorosa and Old Sacramento. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento), San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio) and V. Sattui (in St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sacramento, V. Sattui Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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