44 days in California Itinerary

44 days in California Itinerary

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44 days in California Itinerary

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

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Alpine to see Lions, Tigers & Bears about 58 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, stroll through Children's Pool, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip maker app .

Albuquerque to San Diego is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Albuquerque in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Royal Palms State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, get curious at California Science Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planning website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and North Dome will get you outdoors. Spend the 3rd (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 5th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) 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
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and China Cove and Gibson Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Asilomar State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are a bit warmer (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

7
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Jack London State Historic Park and Mission San Francisco Solano will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park and Sonoma Valley Regional Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). There's more to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars and indulge your taste buds at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the St. Helena holiday planning site .

Drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rutherford, Oakville, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Calistoga
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Union Square, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from St. Helena in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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