35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
Head to The Grove and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. September in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo will thrill your kids. Visiting La Jolla Cove and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve will get you outdoors. Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Escape the urban bustle at Safari West and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Benziger Family Winery. Dedicate the 4th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read St. Helena tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Diego in October, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Benziger Family Winery, Safari West, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach (in Pescadero). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, stroll through China Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from St. Helena in October, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach, Rockaway Beach, Rodeo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in October, with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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