32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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Napa
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Napa — 1 night

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): trek along Jack London State Historic Park. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Lachryma Montis, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and then don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Napa road trip planning app.

Berlin, Germany to Napa is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get curious at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Napa in January since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 31st (Mon), explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Perry House and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Monterey, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Yosemite National Park — 5 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Monterey, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 7th (Mon), stroll through Gower Gulch Loop and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 20°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Palm Springs — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons and then explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. In February, Palm Springs is a bit warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
Side Trips

San Diego — 5 nights

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 a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can fly to Santa Barbara.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks
Side Trip

Santa Barbara — 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Mission Santa Barbara and La Purisima Mission State Historic Park are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria) and 246 Wine & Brew Tours (in Lompoc). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and get to know the fascinating history of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planning tool.

You can fly from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in February, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more) and Heal the Bay Aquarium (in Santa Monica). Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take in the spiritual surroundings of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online route planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in February since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.