42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
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Palm Desert
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 5 nights
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Beverly Hills
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 5 nights
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
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San Diego

— 5 nights

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip maker website.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

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Borrego Springs

— 2 nights
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Slot Canyon and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail, don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows, and then get a dose of the wild on California Overland Desert Excursions.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Borrego Springs tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Borrego Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Borrego Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Palm Desert

— 4 nights
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Desert side-trips: Joshua Tree National Park (Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, Lost Palms Oasis Trail, &more) and Joshua Tree National Park (in Joshua Tree). There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and explore the world behind art at Sunnylands Center & Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Palm Desert trip website.

Traveling by car from Borrego Springs to Palm Desert takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Palm Desert when traveling from Borrego Springs in March, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 5 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Fri) at Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park, make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District, experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers, and let the kids burn off some steam at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

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Drive from Palm Desert to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Palm Desert in March, plan for slightly colder days in Anaheim, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks

Beverly Hills

— 5 nights
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Beverly Hills is known for scenic drive, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beverly Hills online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Anaheim to Beverly Hills in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Anaheim, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Beverly Hills, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from Beverly Hills to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Beverly Hills, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Napa

— 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Clos Pegase Winery (in Calistoga), St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park) and Ace It Bike Tours (in Windsor). There's still lots to do: join the crowd at SIMRACEWAY PERFORMANCE DRIVING CENTER, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, walk around Sonoma Plaza, and do a tasting at Bell Wine Cellars.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Napa road trip app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Napa takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, things will get a bit warmer in Napa: highs are around 70°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): do a tasting at Arista Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, and then explore the activities along Russian River. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Point Reyes Hiking Trails and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Reyes Safaris.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Point Reyes National Seashore journey tool.

You can drive from Napa to Point Reyes National Seashore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, get great views at Twin Peaks, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip website.

Getting from Point Reyes National Seashore to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in San Francisco sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.