34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

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34 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Plymouth
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Philo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Town Temecula and Peltzer Winery. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Temecula, Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Basin Historical Society. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 46°F and lows at 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Plymouth.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Basin Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome

4
nights
Plymouth

Plymouth ©
Plymouth is a city in Amador County, California, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Windwalker Vineyards and Chatom Vineyards Inc. Cantiga Wineworks and Narrowgate Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plymouth: Fair Play (Perry Creek Vineyards & Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards), Madrona Vineyards (in Camino) and Holly's Hill Vineyard (in Placerville). There's more to do: do a tasting at Sobon Estate.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Plymouth road trip planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Plymouth in 3 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect nights in Plymouth to be much hotter, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Plymouth

Wineries

Side Trips

Fair Play, Placerville, Madrona Vineyards, Drytown Cellars, Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Highlights from your plan
Windwalker Vineyards ©
Windwalker Vineyards
Cantiga Wineworks ©
Cantiga Wineworks
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards ©
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards

3
nights
Philo

Philo
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Get a sense of the local culture at Phillips Hill Winery and Navarro Vineyards. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Husch Vineyards and Toulouse Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philo: Ukiah (Parducci Wine Cellars & Nelson Family Vineyards) and Barra of Mendocino Winery (in Redwood Valley). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery and experience rural life at Pennyroyal Farm.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Philo online route planner .

You can drive from Plymouth to Philo in 4 hours. Traveling from Plymouth in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 37°F in Philo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Ukiah, Pennyroyal Farm, Barra of Mendocino Winery
Highlights from your plan
Phillips Hill Winery
Phillips Hill Winery
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Brassfield Estate Winery and BobDog Winery. Step out of Healdsburg to go to Lower Lake and see Vigilance Vineyards & Winery, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: do a tasting at Peterson Winery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg tour app .

Traveling by car from Philo to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Healdsburg are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Geyserville, Clearlake Oaks, BobDog Winery, Vigilance Vineyards & Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Brassfield Estate Winery ©
Brassfield Estate Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at de Young Museum, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning site .

You can drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Parsonage Winery Tasting Room. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cima Collina and Georis. Venture out of the city with trips to Carmel Valley (Joullian Vineyards & Winery & Joyce Vineyards) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). The adventure continues: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and learn about winemaking at Scheid Vineyards.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Veris Cellars and Anglim Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Greenspace Creekside Reserve (in Cambria) and Ancient Peaks Winery (in Santa Margarita). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Kiamie Wine Cellars.

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You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carmel in January since evenings lows in Paso Robles dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Templeton, Cambria, Ancient Peaks Winery, Ranchita Canyon Vineyard, Friends of the Elephant Seal
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zabriskie Point and Eastern California Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and trek along Wildrose Peak Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paso Robles in January: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Cerro Gordo Mines, Eastern California Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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