37 days in California Itinerary

37 days in California Itinerary

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37 days in California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Adelaide

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get curious at Exploratorium, wander the streets of Union Square, get into the urban bustle at Civic Center, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Adelaide, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 17 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Adelaide in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

4
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Gualala Point Regional Park. Get outdoors at Safari West and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Rosa: Stephen & Walker Winery (in Healdsburg), Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma (in Sonoma) and Napa (Oxbow Public Market & Wine Tours & Tastings). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at B Bryan Preserve, shop like a local with Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Rosa tour planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Rosa, with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sonoma, Napa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Gualala Point Regional Park, B Bryan Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve

4
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Visiting Redwood National Park and Big Lagoon County Park will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Enderts Beach and Camel Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Trillium Falls Hike (in Redwood National Park) and Stout Grove (in Crescent City). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and stop by Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to Trinidad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Santa Rosa in December, plan for slightly colder days in Trinidad, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Arcata, Stout Grove, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

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 Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

Plan my day in Yosemite National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Trinidad, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Asilomar State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and stop by AiX.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaslamp Quarter and Africa and Beyond. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and stroll through Children's Pool.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In December, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Do your shopping at Brandini Toffee and Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden. Step out of the city life by going to Cottonwood Spring Oasis and Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Heaps Peak Arboretum (in Skyforest), Living Free Animal Sanctuary (in Mountain Center) and Hellhole Canyon Trail (in Borrego Springs). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail and take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Palm Springs are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park, Borrego Springs, Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Living Free Animal Sanctuary, CODA Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Hellhole Canyon Trail ©
Hellhole Canyon Trail
Living Free Animal Sanctuary ©
Living Free Animal Sanctuary

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.
Shop till you drop at Santa Monica Farmers Market and The Grove. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (The Disney Gallery & Disneyland Park) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains, Bergamot Station, & more). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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