35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Borrego Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

3
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Take a break from the city and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Hellhole Canyon Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Slot Canyon and Santa Rosa Mountains. Change things up with these side-trips from Borrego Springs: Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna) and Stonewall Peak Trail (in Descanso). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail and admire nature's extreme beauty at Coyote Canyon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Borrego Springs trip website .

Atlanta to Borrego Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Atlanta to Borrego Springs, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in March, expect nights in Borrego Springs to be somewhat warmer, around 51°F, while days are warmer, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, Stonewall Peak Trail
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Laguna Mountain Recreation Area ©
Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
Hellhole Canyon Trail ©
Hellhole Canyon Trail

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 7th (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim road trip planning site .

Drive from Borrego Springs to Anaheim in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Borrego Springs in March, you will find days in Anaheim are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Fall Canyon. Get outdoors at Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. There's much more to do: trek along Wildrose Peak Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gower Gulch Loop, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Anaheim to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, Death Valley National Park is little chillier than Anaheim - with highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Explore hidden gems such as Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and June Mountain. Visiting Mammoth Mountain and Little Lakes Valley Trail will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Crystal Lake trail, get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, contemplate the waterfront views at McLeod Lake, and gear up at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes day trip site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in March: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, June Mountain, Little Lakes Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center ©
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
June Mountain ©
June Mountain

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 Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridalveil Fall and Tunnel View. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. On the 21st (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel route planning app .

Take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
night
Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. On the 22nd (Fri), trek along Bluff Trail, stroll through Point Buchon Trail, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Avila Beach trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Avila Beach. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect nights in Avila Beach to be warmer, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Los Osos
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then trek along Bluff Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon journey maker tool .

You can drive from Avila Beach to San Simeon in an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 41°F in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. Visiting Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). Spend the 27th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive, don't miss a visit to Bird Rock Vista Point, and stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Bird Rock Vista Point, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Step out of San Francisco to go to Calistoga and see Castello di Amorosa, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, get curious at Exploratorium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in San Francisco are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redwood National Park and Enderts Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground and Point St. George Beach. There's lots more to do: trek along Stout Grove, examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pebble Beach, and kick back and relax at Point St George Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Crescent City trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get a bit cooler in Crescent City: highs are around 57°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Klamath, Redwood National Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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