6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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San Jose
— 4 nights
— 1 night


San Jose

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Jose. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in San Jose at 61°F and lows at 42°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours


— 4 nights
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vincent Arroyo Winery and Madrigal Family Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Williamson Wines Tasting Room and Modus Operandi Cellars. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Healdsburg (Copain Wines, Sapphire Hill Winery, &more) and Fontanella Family Winery (in Napa). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Tamber Bey Vineyards and take in the exciting artwork at Indian Springs Art Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Calistoga route planner.

Getting from San Jose to Calistoga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Jose in January, plan for little chillier nights in Calistoga, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips


— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the landscape on two wheels at Lower American River, then identify plant and animal life at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, then admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and finally do a tasting at The Undergound Tasting Room. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jensen Botanical Garden and then get curious at Aerospace Museum of California.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sacramento trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Sacramento takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Napa Valley travel guide

Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.