44 days in California Itinerary

44 days in California Itinerary

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44 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Truckee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Bologna

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip site .

Bologna, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bologna to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bologna in March, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma), Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena) and Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, do a tasting at Inglenook, and explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Napa road trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Napa, with lows of 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, St. Helena, Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip planner .

You can drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Healdsburg, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Guerneville, Safari West, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Sharpsteen Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

4
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Truckee: Tahoe City (Truckee River Bike Trail & Gatekeeper's Museum). There's much more to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, contemplate the long history of Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, stroll through Mt Judah Loop Trail, and fly down the slopes at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Truckee online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Healdsburg to Truckee in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Healdsburg in April, expect nights in Truckee to be cooler, around -4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Tahoe City
Highlights from your plan
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge ©
Gatekeeper's Museum ©
Gatekeeper's Museum

7
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. In April, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 17°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

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
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

5
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: The Senate (in Three Rivers) and Darwin Falls (in Death Valley National Park). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, stroll through Big Stump Basin, hike along Moro Rock, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip site .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are much hotter (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Darwin Falls, The Senate
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney
Big Baldy ©
Big Baldy

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

8
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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planning app .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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