33 days in California Itinerary

33 days in California Itinerary

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33 days in California Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Trinidad
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Denver

3
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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Africa and Beyond. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego vacation tool .

Denver to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in February, things will get much warmer in San Diego: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Royal Palms State Beach. Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Bergamot Station) and Anaheim (The Disney Gallery & Disneyland Park). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Hammer Museum, take in a show at Melrose Trading Post, shop like a local with Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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. Get a sense of the local culture at Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Visit Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Carmel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In March, Carmel is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Ocean Beach. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Union Square, get curious at Exploratorium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Visiting Jack London State Historic Park and Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Quent Cordair Fine Art (in Napa) and Petaluma Boulevard and Kentucky Street (in Petaluma). Dedicate the 15th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: stop by Oxbow Public Market, see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, view the masterpieces at AERENA Galleries & Gardens, and learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Francisco in March, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Napa, Glen Ellen, Sharpsteen Museum, Vintage Bank Antiques, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

3
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. We've included these beaches for you: Enderts Beach and Moonstone Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trinidad Art Gallery and Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Crescent City (Point St. George Beach & Point St George Park) and Redwood National Park (Trillium Falls Hike & California Coastal Trail). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Camel Rock and kick back and relax at Big Lagoon County Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Trinidad sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from St. Helena to Trinidad by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from St. Helena in March, you will find days in Trinidad are slightly colder (57°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Crescent City, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Take a break from the city and head to Tahoe Cross Country and Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters. Do some cultural sightseeing at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and Wyland Galleries. Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to Tahoe Donner Cross Country in Truckee, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, hike along Rubicon Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Trinidad to South Lake Tahoe in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder than Trinidad - with highs of 51°F and lows of 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Truckee, Tahoe Cross Country
Highlights from your plan
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery ©
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters ©
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

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.
For shopping fun, head to Yosemite Museum Gallery or Ansel Adams Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. On the 24th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In March in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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