44 days in California Itinerary

44 days in California Itinerary

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44 days in California Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Sacramento
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
End: Exeter

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and stroll through Mission Beach Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planner .

Exeter, UK to San Diego is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

7
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 outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Playa Del Rey Beach. Popular historic sites such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Third Street Promenade) and Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, browse the different shops at The Grove, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and admire the majestic nature at Royal Palms State Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Oak Canyon Nature Center, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Head to Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

5
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. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Sur State Historic Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, Carmel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Saluti Cellars and Drytown Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to West Coast Falconry and Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. Get out of town with these interesting Sacramento side-trips: Camino (Madrona Vineyards & Chateau Davell), Sutter Creek (Fine Eye Gallery & Baiocchi Tasting Room) and Plymouth (Vino Noceto Winery, Iron Hub Winery, & more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cosumnes River Preserve, browse for treasures at Antique Trove, and learn about winemaking at Windwalker Vineyards.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sacramento trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Carmel to Sacramento in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, subway, and train. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in Sacramento are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Plymouth, Camino, Sutter Creek, West Coast Falconry, Saluti Cellars
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Cosumnes River Preserve ©
Cosumnes River Preserve
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center

5
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Modus Operandi Cellars and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Oxbow Public Market. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum (in Napa), Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, & more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Inglenook, wander the wide-open spaces of Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, and indulge your taste buds at Mumm Napa.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our St. Helena online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in May; daily highs in St. Helena reach 28°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Rutherford, Oakville, Napa, Bell Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. We've included these beaches for you: Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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