43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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43 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
train + Fly + bus:  17​h
1
Santa Monica
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly + train:  16​h
End: Cardiff

8
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Zuma Beach (in Malibu), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Los Angeles (Griffith Observatory, Angelino Heights Historic Area, & more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach, catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica online trip itinerary builder .

Cardiff, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 17-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Cardiff in July, expect Santa Monica to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Marston House Museum and Mormon Battalion Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Moonlight Beach (in Encinitas) and Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Shores Park, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. July in San Diego sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

4
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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos State Reserve and Asilomar State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, things will get slightly colder in Carmel: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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.
Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, get great views at Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
Healdsburg

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Beringer Vineyards (in St. Helena), Oakville (Far Niente Winery & Robert Mondavi Winery) and Inglenook (in Rutherford). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Gracianna Winery.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, Healdsburg is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

#Wineries, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Oakville, Calistoga, Inglenook, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero, wander the streets of The Castro, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip site .

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Miramar Beach, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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