38 days in California Itinerary

38 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Golden Gate Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

Vilnius, Lithuania to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, cruise along Generals Hwy, hike along General Grant Tree Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, and see human ingenuity at work at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and finally steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

San Diego

— 6 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Eagle and High Peak Mine (in Julian) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Diego route planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Venice Canals Walkway. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, and admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Barbara using our trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): do sightseeing your way with Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon visit planning app.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, &more). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey sightseeing website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Monterey hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.