42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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42 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lagos
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Healdsburg
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Lagos

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Healdsburg trip maker site .

Lagos, Nigeria to Healdsburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western African Time (WAT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Lagos in December, with highs in Healdsburg at 18°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Spend the 24th (Mon) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip site .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
On the 1st (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel road trip site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Bixby Bridge, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

8
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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Diego tour builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Carmel in January, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

10
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 21st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire all the interesting features of Staples Center, enjoy some music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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