37 days in California Itinerary

37 days in California Itinerary

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37 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dayton
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
End: Dayton

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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dayton to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Dayton in June, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire all the interesting features of Dodger Stadium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, stroll through Garland Ranch Regional Park, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get slightly colder in Carmel: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Garland Ranch Regional Park ©
Garland Ranch Regional Park

9
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.
Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

#Tours, #Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 11th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and explore and take pictures at Twin Peaks.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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