38 days in California Itinerary

38 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Santa Rosa
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Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly
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Fresno
— 2 nights
Drive
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Visalia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Santa Rosa

— 4 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

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.
Charles M. Schulz Museum and VJB Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Graton Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Rosa side-trips: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Judd's Hill MicroCrush (in Napa) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and learn about winemaking at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Rosa vacation planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Santa Rosa is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Stockholm to Santa Rosa, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in June: highs in Santa Rosa hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Walt Disney Family Museum and Legion of Honor will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and de Young Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California State Railroad Museum). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, cast your line with a fishing tour, and visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Santa Rosa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Jose

— 4 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and Natural Bridges State Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carmel River State Beach and Del Mar Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pacific Grove (Asilomar State Beach & Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard) and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (in Monterey). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Jose road trip website.

Getting from San Francisco to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in San Jose hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Fresno.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fresno

— 2 nights
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
On the 15th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, contemplate the long history of Forestiere Underground Gardens, and then play a few rounds at Riverside Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Fossil Discovery Center, view the masterpieces at Arte Americas, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Fresno Water Tower.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fresno online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Fresno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Fresno is somewhat warmer than San Jose - with highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Visalia.

Things to do in Fresno

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Visalia

— 3 nights
Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. Get in touch with nature at Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moro Rock Trail and General Grant Tree Trail. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Sequoia National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Visalia tour planner.

Getting from Fresno to Visalia by car takes about an hour. In June in Visalia, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Head to Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Harmony Pottery Worksfor plenty of shopping. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Maria: Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Moonstone Beach Dr (in Cambria). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Presqu'ile Winery, identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, and see the interesting displays at Santa Maria Museum of Flight.

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Traveling by car from Visalia to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. When traveling from Visalia in June, plan for colder days in Santa Maria, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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 get in some beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Hollywood Bowl Museum. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Camarillo Premium Outlets in Camarillo, approximately Camarillo away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Maria in June; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 4 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Relax by the water at Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Get some cultural insight at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Palm Springs Air Museum. Explore Anaheim's surroundings by going to Sunnylands Center & Gardens (in Rancho Mirage) and San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente). The adventure continues: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim visit planning website.

Getting from Los Angeles to Anaheim by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Anaheim are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Point Loma. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Little Italy. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.