39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lucknow
Fly + Drive:  24​h
1
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Anaheim
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Lucknow

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Mumm Napa. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Sonoma (Sonoma Barracks & Sonoma Plaza). Dedicate the 28th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and immerse yourself in nature at Jack London State Historic Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena online trip itinerary builder .

Lucknow, India to St. Helena is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 13 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Lucknow in April: high temperatures in St. Helena hover around 25°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Napa, Calistoga, Sonoma, Oakville, Rutherford
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

5
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 Mission Beach Park. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning site .

Fly from St. Helena to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from St. Helena in May, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 25°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

5
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Head to The Disney Gallery and Anaheim Farmer's Marketfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Anaheim with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Temecula, about 1h 25 min away. Have a day of magic on the 8th (Wed) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Fri) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Canyon Nature Center, make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney, stop by The Lego Store, and wander the streets of Little Arabia District.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Anaheim are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Disney Gallery ©
The Disney Gallery

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. For shopping fun, head to Hammer Museum or Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and stop by Amoeba Music.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker website .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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 18th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
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 Asilomar State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Moss Landing (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve) and Point Sur State Historic Park (in Big Sur). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park, stop by The Cheese Shop, and hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Moss Landing, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Point Sur State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
nights
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.
Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 23rd (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Patrick Amiot, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Union Square ©
Union Square

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