41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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41 days in California Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Milan

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and examine the collection at Mingei International Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip maker website .

Milan, Italy to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to San Diego is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Milan in April, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

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
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

7
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.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Avila Adobe will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, view the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, shop like a local with Annenberg Space for Photography, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Get in touch with nature at North Dome and Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. Spend the 4th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (17°C), and nights are colder (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

5
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Sur State Historic Park. Carmel Art Association and Cannery Row Antique Mall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Soquel Vineyards in Soquel, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Point Lobos, browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Point Sur State Historic Park, Soquel Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Modus Operandi Cellars and Far Niente Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). Dedicate the 13th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, wander the wide-open spaces of Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, and examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Napa, Oakville, Rutherford, Calistoga, Healdsburg
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Twin Peaks and San Pedro Valley Park. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Pedro Valley Park
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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