39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary maker

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Train to London Euston, Train to London Gatwick, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly
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Eureka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Solvang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lone Pine
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mono Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker app.

Birmingham, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Birmingham to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Birmingham in May, with highs in San Francisco at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, trek along Mariposa Grove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation website.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Eureka.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Eureka

— 2 nights
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Change things up with these side-trips from Eureka: Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Trees of Mystery (in Klamath). There's lots more to do: cruise along Avenue of the Giants, explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail, appreciate the history behind Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse, and admire the landmark architecture of Carson Mansion.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Eureka trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from San Diego to Eureka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in May, with highs in Eureka at 18°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly to Solvang.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Solvang

— 3 nights
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, and then walk around Nojoqui Falls Park. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Luffa Farm, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in the history at La Purisima State Historical Park, and finally walk around Hans Christian Andersen Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Solvang planner.

You can fly from Eureka to Solvang in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Eureka in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Solvang: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Badwater Basin. On the 5th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then cruise along Artists Dr. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Solvang to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Solvang in June; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 43°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Lone Pine

— 3 nights
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Mount Whitney Trail has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Mineral King Valley (in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Kernville). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Manzanar National Historic Site, contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507, take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills, and explore the activities along Owens River.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lone Pine route planning app.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June since evenings lows in Lone Pine dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Mono Hot Springs.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Mono Hot Springs is a summer resort, campground, unincorporated community, and a group of hot springs in Fresno County, central California. John Muir Trail has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Thu), do some two-wheel cruising with California Route 36 and then tour the pleasant surroundings at John Muir Trail.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mono Hot Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Mono Hot Springs takes 7 hours. While traveling from Lone Pine, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Mono Hot Springs, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Mono Hot Springs

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 13th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through State Street Underpass, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Getting from Mono Hot Springs to Santa Barbara by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Cambria

— 3 nights
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Hearst Castle (in San Simeon). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, walk around Shamel Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in June, plan for warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

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 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Big Sur holiday maker website.

You can drive from Cambria to Big Sur in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cambria in June: highs in Big Sur hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Joshua Tree National Park

— 3 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along 49 Palms Canyon Trail, then stroll through Barker Dam Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Big Sur to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Big Sur in June, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

California travel guide

4.1
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.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.