35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Truckee
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, and identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in November; daily highs in San Diego reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 62°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, 17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, and identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg online itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Healdsburg, with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Guerneville, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

4
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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 Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, & more). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, stop by Woodhouse Chocolate, and don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Napa holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Napa can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Jack London State Historic Park, Cliff Lede Vineyards, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

4
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Truckee is known for winter sports, nature, adventure, outdoors, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, do a tasting at Truckee River Winery, and don't miss a visit to Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Truckee road trip planning app .

Getting from Napa to Truckee by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Napa in December, plan for slightly colder days in Truckee, with highs around 41°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Tahoe Cross Country
Highlights from your plan
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Truckee River Winery ©
Truckee River Winery

6
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire all the interesting features of Half Dome, trek along Mariposa Grove, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

Plan my trip to Mammoth Lakes with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Truckee to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mammoth Lakes are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

6
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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey tool .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in December, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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