35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Sebastopol
— 4 nights
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
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Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and get curious at Exploratorium.

Make your San Francisco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Frankfurt to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sebastopol.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Sebastopol

— 4 nights
Sebastopol or is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States, approximately 52mi north of San Francisco. Get outdoors at Safari West and Jack London State Historic Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Patrick Amiot and Pride Mountain Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sebastopol: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Rutherford (Mumm Napa & Honig Vineyard & Winery) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). And it doesn't end there: stop by Petaluma Seed Bank, identify plant and animal life at Tule Elk Preserve, savor the flavors at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, and do a tasting at Charles Krug Winery.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sebastopol trip builder site.

Drive from San Francisco to Sebastopol in 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in Sebastopol dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Sebastopol

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Trinidad

— 4 nights
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Visiting Redwood National Park and Big Lagoon County Park will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Enderts Beach and Camel Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Trinidad: Art of the Burl Redwood Gallery (in Miranda), Stout Grove (in Crescent City) and Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Trinidad travel app.

Traveling by car from Sebastopol to Trinidad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Sebastopol in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Trinidad: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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. Get some cultural insight at Gallery by the Sea Carmel and Hawthorne Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Asilomar State Beach and China Cove and Gibson Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Moss Landing (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve) and San Simeon (Piedras Blancas & Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, look for gifts at AiX, stroll through Del Mar Beach, and browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel online vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Trinidad to Carmel with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ansel Adams Gallery and Mariposa Grove. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, cast your line with a fishing tour, and identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Two Rodeo Drive. Relax by the water at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Annenberg Community Beach House (in Santa Monica) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Montana Avenue, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 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.
Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Timken Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve (in Poway) and Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, pick up some local products at Liberty Public Market, and get your game on at AxeVentures.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego route planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.