39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  8​h
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Bodega Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Detroit

6
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Pack the 31st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego road trip planner.

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

7
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Will Rogers State Beach and Zuma Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Playa Del Rey Beach, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles attractions website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (in Big Sur) and New Brighton State Beach (in Capitola). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

8
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.
Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along May Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bodega Bay.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay ©
Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Bodega Head and then kick back and relax at Limantour Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Goat Rock Beach and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bodega Bay trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Bodega Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Bodega Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Bodega Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Goat Rock Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

4
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll get in some beach time at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Glass Beach. Explore Fort Bragg's surroundings by going to Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA (in Point Arena), Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (in Carlotta) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg online trip maker .

You can drive from Bodega Bay to Fort Bragg in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bodega Bay in June: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Sun) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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