58 days in California Itinerary

58 days in California Itinerary

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58 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 14 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 13 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 13 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 10 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

14
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach), Montara State Beach (in Montara) and Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bean Hollow State Beach, Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): do a tasting at Inglenook, admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery, then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Calistoga trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in February since evenings lows in Calistoga dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

13
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.
Shop till you drop at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company. Do some cultural sightseeing at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Ansel Adams Gallery. On the 18th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, cruise along Tioga Pass, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from Calistoga in February, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (10°C), and nights are much colder (-8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Valley Adventure Company
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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. Visiting Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Piedras Blancas, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

13
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 in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, browse the exhibits of Avila Adobe, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in March, with highs in Los Angeles at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Pasadena, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

10
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 outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. You'll get in some beach time at Mission Beach Park and La Jolla Shores Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Moonlight Beach (in Encinitas). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Beach, and explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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