41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Palm Springs
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights

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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.
Point Loma and Old Town Temecula are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Carlsbad (South Carlsbad State Beach & Carlsbad Village) and Pala Casino (in Pala). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, stroll through Coronado Beach, don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip planner.

Indianapolis to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Indianapolis to San Diego. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Indianapolis in November: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

6
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Palm Springs

Escape the urban bustle at Indian Canyons and San Jacinto Mountain. Shop till you drop at El Paseo Shopping District and Westfield Palm Desert. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Temecula), Lake Skinner (in Winchester) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs).

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Diego to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

6
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Wildling Museum of Art and Nature. Visiting Monarch Butterfly Grove and Ostrich Land will get you outdoors. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Solvang (Hans Christian Andersen Museum & Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards), Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, and enjoy the sand and surf at Leadbetter Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel planning website.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Palm Springs in December, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In December, Death Valley National Park is little chillier than Santa Barbara - with highs of 56°F and lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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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 Mariposa Grove and El Capitan. Escape the urban bustle at Sentinel Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining), El Portal Market (in El Portal) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Ascent Spa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 46°F and lows reach 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

5
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Visit Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monterey itinerary builder website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Monterey, with highs around 62°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Napa

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): shop like a local with Indian Springs Art Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and finally savor the flavors at Mumm Napa. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Napa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 35°F in Napa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walt Disney Family Museum and Lands End. Head to Onedome and Patrick's of Bodega Bay Salt Water Taffyfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Healdsburg (Healdsburg museum and historical society & Wine Tours & Tastings), Point Reyes Lighthouse (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a memorable tour with Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

Discover how to plan a San Francisco trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Napa in December, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Wine Tours & Tastings
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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