34 days in California & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

34 days in California & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

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34 days in California & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Bus:  21​h 15​min
1
Healdsburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ukiah
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
California Hot Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
6
Solvang
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
10
Carmel
— 4 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Williamson Wines Tasting Room and BobDog Winery. Get a sense of the local culture at Truett Hurst and Brassfield Estate Winery. Step out of Healdsburg with an excursion to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Simi Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip planner .

New Delhi, India to Healdsburg is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from New Delhi to Healdsburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in December; daily highs in Healdsburg reach 16°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Geyserville, Brassfield Estate Winery, BobDog Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Williamson Wines Tasting Room ©
Williamson Wines Tasting Room
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pride Mountain Vineyards and Sherwin Family Vineyards. Vincent Arroyo Winery and Storybook Mountain Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Schweiger Vineyards & Winery and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Calistoga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Calistoga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Calistoga can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Pope Valley Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Vincent Arroyo Winery ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

3
nights
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Step off the beaten path and head to Navarro Vineyards & Winery and Saracina Vineyards. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Change things up with these side-trips from Ukiah: Philo (Goldeneye Winery, Handley Cellars Winery, & more). There's more to do: do a tasting at Toulouse Vineyards & Winery.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ukiah trip builder app .

You can drive from Calistoga to Ukiah in 1.5 hours. In January in Ukiah, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Philo, Saracina Vineyards, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch Vineyards

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then explore the activities along Badwater, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park travel route app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ukiah to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Ukiah in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Death Valley National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to California Hot Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

few
hours
California Hot Springs

California Hot Springs
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Explore your travel options from Death Valley National Park to California Hot Springs with the Route module. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in California Hot Springs, with lows of 3°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel to Solvang.

Things to do in California Hot Springs

Nature Parks

4
nights
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and Stolpman Vineyards - Los Olivos Tasting Room. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at tercero wines and Demetria Winery & Vineyard. Explore Solvang's surroundings by going to Babcock Winery & Vineyards (in Lompoc) and Santa Barbara (Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, & more). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Carhartt Vineyard, explore the world behind art at Wildling Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Solvang trip maker tool .

You can drive from California Hot Springs to Solvang in 4 hours. Traveling from California Hot Springs in January, you will find days in Solvang are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Santa Barbara, Lompoc
Highlights from your plan
Tercero Wines ©
Tercero Wines
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard

5
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.
Castoro Cellars and Adelaida Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery and J Dusi Winery. It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Still Waters Vineyards.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paso Robles online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Solvang to Paso Robles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Templeton
Highlights from your plan
San Marcos Creek Vineyard ©
San Marcos Creek Vineyard
Castoro Cellars ©
Castoro Cellars
Le Cuvier Winery ©
Le Cuvier Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Moonstone Beach, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, and finally contemplate the long history of Friends of Hearst Castle. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then stroll through Piedras Blancas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to San Simeon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paso Robles in January: highs in San Simeon hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 25th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, and finally shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, steep yourself in history at Mission Soledad, and then learn about winemaking at Hahn Estate Winery.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur journey website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Big Sur when traveling from San Simeon in January, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Soledad
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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. San Carlos Cathedral and Cannery Row will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery and Pierce Ranch Vineyards. Step out of Carmel to go to Carmel Valley and see Parsonage Winery Tasting Room, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, and savor the flavors at The Wharf Marketplace.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel Valley, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Holman Ranch ©
Holman Ranch

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