37 days in California Itinerary

37 days in California Itinerary

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37 days in California Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
6
Pebble Beach
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
7
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
Pismo Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
14
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
15
Beverly Hills
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Budapest


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4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard or Melrose Trading Post. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (in Laguna Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at The Grove, and shop like a local with Annenberg Space for Photography.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker .

Budapest, Hungary to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Budapest to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Budapest in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market. On the next day, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, then admire the majestic nature at Bothe-Napa State Park, and finally savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to St. Helena in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in St. Helena, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Calistoga, Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 8th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Swanton Berry Farm, visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pescadero, Shark Fin Cove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

Plan trip to Monterey with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

few
hours
Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pebble Beach online trip itinerary maker .

Pebble Beach is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bird Rock Vista Point ©
Bird Rock Vista Point
Lone Cypress ©
Lone Cypress

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, make a trip to Rocky Creek Bridge, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

Planning Big Sur trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Pebble Beach to Big Sur takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Big Sur in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 16th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally look for gifts at Magicopolis. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then admire the striking features of Shotgun House.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Santa Monica are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. When traveling from Santa Monica in June, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 21st (Fri), take a stroll through Bubblegum Alley, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and finally hunt for treasures at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Tobin James Cellars, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick back and relax at Avila Main Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pismo Beach day trip website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Pismo Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for cooler days in Pismo Beach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Morro Rock, Tobin James Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Speed Boats Tours
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 23rd (Sun), learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company and then look for all kinds of wild species at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Barbara Zoo, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Pismo Beach, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©

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nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach, and then make a trip to Malibu Pier. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Paramount Ranch, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Malibu Hindu Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Carbon Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Malibu online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Malibu Hindu Temple, Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Carbon Beach ©
Carbon Beach

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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.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

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Drive from Malibu to San Simeon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from Malibu, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for gifts at Edelweiss Chocolate Factory. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, and finally stroll through Beverly Gardens Park.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Beverly Hills online driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Beverly Hills by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Beverly Hills: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

West Hollywood, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, William S. Hart Museum & Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive
William S. Hart Museum & Ranch ©
William S. Hart Museum & Ranch

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