35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 15th (Mon), examine the collection at Old Sacramento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, view the masterpieces at The Artery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Falconry.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sacramento journey planner.

New York City to Sacramento is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Sacramento is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sacramento, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Davis, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Cosumnes River Preserve, West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Cosumnes River Preserve ©
Cosumnes River Preserve

4
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Visiting Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bothe-Napa State Park will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Modus Operandi Cellars and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Rosa: Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena), Mumm Napa (in Rutherford) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, do a tasting at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Santa Rosa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Santa Rosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Calistoga, St. Helena, Sonoma, Patrick Amiot, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Twin Peaks and Fort Funston National Park. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planner.

Getting from Santa Rosa to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Rosa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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. Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and Carmel Mission will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Point Lobos and Del Mar Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

7
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 out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Your inner history buff will appreciate Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Spend the 2nd (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (59°F), and nights are cooler (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Avila Adobe for their historical value. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Grammy Museum, explore the galleries of Hollyhock House, and stroll through Will Rogers State Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

6
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.
USS Midway Museum and Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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