35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
3
San Diego
— 5 nights
4
Anaheim
— 2 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
7
Carmel
— 4 nights
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco route planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. March in San Francisco sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Popular historic sites such as Jack London State Historic Park and Castello di Amorosa are in your itinerary. Head to Mumm Napa and Oxbow Public Marketfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting St. Helena side-trips: Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma) and Napa (Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Domaine Carneros, &more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena route planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for little chillier nights in St. Helena, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Napa, Rutherford, Robert Mondavi Winery, Sonoma Valley, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. Get some cultural insight at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Embarcadero.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego online vacation planner.

Getting from St. Helena to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive 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 ©
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, thensee majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Disney Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): browse the exhibits 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 see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Anaheim road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in April: highs in Anaheim hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Irvine Spectrum Center, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Christ Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum ©
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.
Head to Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Carbon Beach (in Malibu) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains & Third Street Promenade). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles attractions planner.

Getting from Anaheim to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Carbon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Shop till you drop at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip site.

Take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (°F), and nights are colder (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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 a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Weston Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gallery by the Sea Carmel and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Hearst Castle in San Simeon, approximately San Simeon away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 15.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April since evenings lows in Carmel dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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, take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe day trip planning website.

Getting from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Carmel in April; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach °F and lows reach °F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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