32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Exeter

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Bolinas Beach (in Bolinas), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Exeter, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Exeter to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bolinas Beach, Stinson Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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.
Bodie State Historic Park and California State Mining and Mineral Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Mariposa Museum and History Center (in Mariposa) and Renegade Winery (in Mokelumne Hill). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get great views at Washburn Point, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mariposa, Bodie State Historic Park, Renegade Winery, Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mariposa Museum and History Center ©

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get some cultural insight at Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Eureka Mine. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek and take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Charcoal Kilns ©
Charcoal Kilns

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 15th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, and then hunt for treasures at VillageFest. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, make a trip to Palm Springs Historical Society, admire the striking features of Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, then look for gifts at Wabi Sabi Japan Living, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Lucille Ball.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
VillageFest ©
VillageFest

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Battleship USS Iowa Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Newport Beach to see Newport Beach about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at The Broad, browse the different shops at The Grove, and enjoy some diversion at California Science Center.

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

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in June, plan for cooler days in Los Angeles, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Newport Beach, Greystone Mansion and Park
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Bowl Museum ©
Hollywood Bowl Museum
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Dollar Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, look for gifts at Fermentations Wine Tasting, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel visit planning app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Modus Operandi Cellars and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. V. Sattui Winery and Tres Sabores Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Iron Horse Vineyards (in Sebastopol), Healdsburg (Alexander Valley Vineyards, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more) and Glen Ellen (Loxton Winery & Wellington Cellars). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Moone Tsai Winery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena holiday builder site .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Glen Ellen, B. Wise Vineyards, Iron Horse Vineyards, von Strasser Family of Wines
Highlights from your plan
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Tres Sabores Winery ©
Tres Sabores Winery

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