32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Fly + bus:  23​h 30​min
1
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Philo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Chandigarh

2
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Big John's Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Clearlake Oaks (Brassfield Estate Winery & Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at De La Montanya Winery & Vineyards.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg driving holiday planner.

Chandigarh, India to Healdsburg is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chandigarh to Healdsburg, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chandigarh in December, you will find days in Healdsburg are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are cooler (2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Clearlake Oaks, Trione Vineyards and Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Brassfield Estate Winery ©
Brassfield Estate Winery

3
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gualala Point Regional Park and Navarro Vineyards. Get a sense of the local culture at Phillips Hill Winery and Toulouse Vineyards. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery and relax in the rural setting at Pennyroyal Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Philo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Philo takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Philo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pennyroyal Farm, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch Vineyards

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Yosemite Falls. There's much more to do: stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

Drive from Philo to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Philo, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Bronson Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Third Street Promenade). There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Badwater Basin and Mosaic Canyon. Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Cerro Gordo Mines in Keeler, about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary app .

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Derby Wine Estates and Kiamie Wine Cellars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Cambria (Cambria Nursery & Florist & Moonstone Beach) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Anglim Winery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Paso Robles takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Jack Creek Celllars, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
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. For shopping fun, head to The Cheese Shop or Carmel Art Association. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, shop like a local with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in December since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take a stroll through Mission District.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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