39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Westlake Village
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Ojai
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  5​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Subway + Bus:  10​h 15​min
10
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
14
Monterey
— 1 night
Bus:  45​min
15
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
16
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Westlake Village

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
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 7th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Lost Horse Mine and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road, then make a trip to Arch Rock, and then trek along Split Rock.

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Westlake Village to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Westlake Village in July, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit warmer, around 78°F, while days are much hotter, around 103°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Keys View ©
Keys View
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Integratron and then tee off at Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club. On your second day here, do a tasting at Doffo Winery, then do a tasting at Cougar Vineyard & Winery, and then take in breathtaking views at Palm Canyon.

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Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Palm Springs can reach 107°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Golf Wineries

Side Trips

Temecula, Integratron, Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club
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Marriott's Shadow Ridge Golf Club ©
Integratron ©
Integratron
Doffo Winery ©
Doffo Winery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary planning site .

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Santa Monica History Museum. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then get curious at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary website .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder days in Santa Monica, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and then see the interesting displays at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Westward Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Malibu trip planner .

Malibu is just a short distance from Santa Monica. In July, daytime highs in Malibu are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ojai.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

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nights
Ojai

Ojai ©
Ojai is a city in Ventura County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pyramid Lake Recreation Area and then learn about all things military at WWII Aviation Museum. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art, then relax in the rural setting at Ojai Olive Oil, then examine the collection at California Oil Museum, and finally learn about all things military at U.S. Navy Seabee Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ojai trip planner .

Getting from Malibu to Ojai by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Ojai sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Ojai

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pyramid Lake Recreation Area, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, California Oil Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ojai Valley Museum of History and Art ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum ©
U.S. Navy Seabee Museum
California Oil Museum ©
California Oil Museum

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Butterfly Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Get some cultural insight at Fess Parker and Old Mission Santa Ines. When in Santa Barbara, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Santa Ynez, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker website .

You can drive from Ojai to Santa Barbara in an hour. In July in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fess Parker, Butterfly Beach, Carpinteria State Beach, Old Mission Santa Ines, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Fess Parker ©
Fess Parker

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Giant Forest and Moro Rock. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kings Canyon National Park and Darwin Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Tokopah Falls (in Three Rivers) and Eastern California Museum (in Independence). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and hike along Big Stump Basin.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Santa Barbara in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Darwin Falls, Eastern California Museum, Tokopah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest
Giant Forest

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Visiting Glacier Point and Lembert Dome will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Village, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Balloon Rides. Do some cultural sightseeing at V. Sattui Winery and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. When in Napa, make a side trip to see Joseph Phelps Vineyards in St. Helena, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Napa trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Napa takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Napa when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Balloon Rides
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot. On the next day, do a tasting at MacRostie Winery and Vineyards and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sonoma trip maker website .

Sonoma is just a short distance from Napa. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Patrick Amiot, Benziger Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Musee Mecanique and California Academy of Sciences will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rockaway Beach and Rodeo Beach. Dedicate the 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder app .

Getting from Sonoma to San Francisco by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Sonoma, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Rodeo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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Santa Cruz

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 (Thu), engage your brain at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, see the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at New Brighton State Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz itinerary planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum ©
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Monterey online day trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Point Sur State Historic Park and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and make a trip to Old Coast Road.

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You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Big Sur sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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Cambria

Cambria ©
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). Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally take in the history at Mission San Antonio de Padua.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria vacation planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to Cambria in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in August: highs in Cambria hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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