33 days in California Itinerary

33 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Ukiah
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Paso Robles
— 8 nights
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Solvang
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Exploratorium and Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Chinatown, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker tool.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in January, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ukiah.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Ukiah

— 3 nights
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Goldeneye Winery and Husch Vineyards. Do some cultural sightseeing at Navarro Vineyards and Roederer Estate. Get out of town with these interesting Ukiah side-trips: Philo (Toulouse Vineyards & Handley Cellars Winery). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Saracina Vineyards and admire the majestic nature at Montgomery Woods State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ukiah travel site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Ukiah in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ukiah, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 6 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Williamson Wines Tasting Room and Stephen & Walker Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and VML Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Langtry Estate & Vineyards (in Middletown), Brassfield Estate Winery (in Clearlake Oaks) and BobDog Winery and SkyPine Vineyards (in Cloverdale). There's more to do: do a tasting at Pedroncelli Winery.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ukiah to Healdsburg takes an hour. In February in Healdsburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carmel

— 4 nights
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, learn about winemaking at Georis, play a few rounds at Peter Hay Golf Course, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning app.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 8 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
J Dusi Winery and San Antonio Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moonstone Beach and Le Vigne Winery. Step out of Paso Robles with an excursion to Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop in San Simeon--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Ecluse Wines.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paso Robles trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Carmel to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Paso Robles when traveling from Carmel in February, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries · Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Solvang

— 5 nights
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Kalyra Winery. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Mission Santa Barbara and Kenneth Volk Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to State Street Underpass (in Santa Barbara), Lompoc (Clos Pepe Vineyards and Estate Wines & Babcock Winery & Vineyards) and Riverbench Vineyard and Winery (in Santa Maria). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Solvang online tour planner.

Drive from Paso Robles to Solvang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.