35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Paso Robles
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Francisco. Traveling from Dallas in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 46°F in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Napa

— 4 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Sapphire Hill Winery (in Healdsburg), Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga) and SIMRACEWAY PERFORMANCE DRIVING CENTER (in Sonoma). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, and stop by Woodhouse Chocolate.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Napa online itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Napa when traveling from San Francisco in January, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Museums · Tours · Parks

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. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Joullian Vineyards & Winery in Carmel Valley, approximately Carmel Valley away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Napa in January, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach), Avila Beach (Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail & Point San Luis Lighthouse) and Black Hill Trail (in Morro Bay). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, relax in the rural setting at San Miguel Olive Farm, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paso Robles day trip tool.

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in January, expect little chillier with lows of 37°F in Paso Robles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 4 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery) and Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Paso Robles in February, with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Angeles National Forest (in Arcadia) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego journey planning app.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In February in San Diego, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Wildlife Areas
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.