40 days in California Itinerary

40 days in California Itinerary

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40 days in California Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 23 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
West Hollywood
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
7
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Phoenix

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Coronado Island, USS Midway Museum, Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and other attractions. There's more to do: stroll through Mission Beach Park and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

Phoenix to San Diego is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in May, you will find days in San Diego are much colder (71°F), and nights are slightly colder (61°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

2
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. On the 28th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row and then stroll through Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel holiday planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect Carmel to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 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 a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

23
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Visit Twin Peaks and Filbert Steps for their historical value. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Sulphur Creek Nature Center (in Hayward), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockaway Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Half Moon Bay, Pescadero, Pacifica, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

2
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Get in touch with nature at Zuma Beach and El Matador State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malibu: Ojai (Bart's Books & Ojai Meadows Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Malibu trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Malibu in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, Malibu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ojai
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Ojai Meadows Preserve ©
Ojai Meadows Preserve

3
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 27th (Sat), take a stroll through Montana Avenue. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Greystone Mansion and Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the West Hollywood sightseeing app .

Drive from Malibu to West Hollywood in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and subway. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Greystone Mansion and Park, St. Andrew Church, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Visiting Manhattan Beach and Bridge To Nowhere will get you outdoors. Take a break from Anaheim with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Dana Point, about 40 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 1st (Thu) at Disneyland Park. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim tour itinerary maker .

Drive from West Hollywood to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Traveling from West Hollywood in July, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Christ Cathedral, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Manhattan Beach, Bridge To Nowhere
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Bridge To Nowhere ©
Bridge To Nowhere

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