35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Maritime Museum of San Diego and Africa and Beyond. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll through Black's Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker website .

Knoxville to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Knoxville to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Knoxville in March, with highs in San Diego at 69°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

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 ©

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Head to Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and view the masterpieces at Craft & Folk Art Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Modus Operandi Cellars and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Mumm Napa. Dedicate the 31st (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, savor the flavors at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St. Helena road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in March; daily highs in St. Helena reach 67°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Napa, Rutherford, Oakville, Glen Ellen, Bothe-Napa State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Asian Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in April, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Visit Point Lobos and Del Mar Beach for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Point Sur State Historic Park in Big Sur--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stroll through Scenic Road Walkway, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online visit planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Point Sur State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

8
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.
Head to Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Galleryfor some retail therapy. Visiting North Dome and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. On the 20th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
North Dome ©
North Dome

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