41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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41 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Spend the 2nd (Wed) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Francisco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from San Juan to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Juan in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, then make a trip to Sonoma Plaza, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sonoma, V. Sattui Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano

9
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.
When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see El Portal Market in El Portal, approximately 1 hour away. On the 11th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, get great views at Tunnel View, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Healdsburg in January, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

El Portal Market
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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. Carmel is known for nature, scenic drive, beaches, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and steep yourself in history at Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

9
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 find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Carmel in January, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). Pack the 31st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: stroll through San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego holiday builder site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

LEGOLAND California, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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