35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Anaheim
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in March, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jack London State Historic Park and Castello di Amorosa. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Robert Mondavi Winery. Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma) and Napa (Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Domaine Carneros, & more). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Mumm Napa, stop by Oxbow Public Market, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena online visit planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, St. Helena is slightly colder at night with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Napa, Rutherford, Sonoma Valley, Jack London State Historic Park, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. Get some cultural insight at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Point Loma. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, admire all the interesting features of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip website .

Getting from St. Helena to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Helena in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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 ©

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Disney Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, browse the different shops at Irvine Spectrum Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim online journey planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in April, you will find days in Anaheim are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Irvine Spectrum Center, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Christ Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Disney Gallery ©
The Disney Gallery
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Craft & Folk Art Museum capture your imagination. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Carbon Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains, Third Street Promenade, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Hammer Museum, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation maker site .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Carbon Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to North Dome and Fishing Charters & Tours. Head to Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Galleryfor some retail therapy. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning website .

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 and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (59°F), and nights are much colder (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

4
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. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Mission are in your itinerary. Step out of Carmel to go to San Simeon and see Hearst Castle, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, see the interesting displays at Sunset Cultural Center, and view the masterpieces at Weston Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Hearst Castle
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 20th (Sat), kick back and relax at Sand Harbor, then get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Lake Tahoe. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Make your South Lake Tahoe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Carmel in April; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 56°F and lows reach 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Gatekeeper's Museum, Lake Tahoe, Genoa Cemetery, Heavenly Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Gatekeeper's Museum ©
Gatekeeper's Museum

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