41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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Eureka
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights

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Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Escape the urban bustle at Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Redwood Highway and Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a break from Eureka with a short trip to Trees of Mystery in Klamath, about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest and stroll through Hikshari Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Eureka trip itinerary planning site.

Tulsa to Eureka is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Tulsa in January, things will get a bit warmer in Eureka: highs are around 56°F and lows about 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lands End and Exploratorium. Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol), St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars & Beringer Vineyards) and Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Eureka to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in January, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Bird Rock Vista Point, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carmel are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
On the 13th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Simeon online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Old Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Courthouse will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and La Purisima State Historical Park. Step out of Santa Barbara to go to Santa Maria and see Rancho Sisquoc Winery, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in January, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Do some cultural sightseeing at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and California Science Center. Visit Santa Monica Pier and St.John Vianney Chapel for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!). Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Coronado Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, snap pictures at Coronado Bridge, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and examine the collection at Mingei International Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Get some historical perspective at Indian Canyons and St. Theresa Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coachella Valley Preserve and Palm Springs Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Living Free Animal Sanctuary (in Mountain Center) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Palm Springs are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, get great views at Dante's View, and take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park route maker app.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in January: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 58°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridalveil Fall and Badger Pass Ski Area. Visiting El Capitan and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. In February, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 48°F and lows of 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary builder website.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Mammoth Lakes are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center ©
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center

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