60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Beverly Hills
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Pasadena
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Anaheim
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Palm Springs
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Julian
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Newport Beach
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Long Beach
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Santa Monica
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Malibu
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Santa Barbara
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Fresno
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Yosemite National Park
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South Lake Tahoe
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Sacramento
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Napa
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Sonoma
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Sausalito
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Berkeley
— 2 nights
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Oakland
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San Jose
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Santa Cruz
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 1st (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall, watch a film at California Science Center, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find out how to plan a trip to Los Angeles, use our trip itinerary maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Los Angeles is minus 12 hours. In March, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Dubai - with highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Childrens Museums
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Observatory
Griffith Observatory
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Specialty Museum
The Getty Center
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Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mulholland Drive and Mountasia Family Fun Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beverly Hills: Lancaster (Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park & Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve) and Gibbon Conservation Center (in Santa Clarita). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Robertson Boulevard, don't miss a visit to Sunset Plaza, visit Conan O'Brien Show, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Beverly Hills trip itinerary planner.

Beverly Hills is just a short distance from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Beverly Hills: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pasadena.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature

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Pasadena

Pasadena ©

City of Roses

Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, admire nature's extreme beauty at The Huntington Desert Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Descanso Gardens, and finally wander the streets of Old Pasadena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to City of Pasadena City Hall, take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, then see the interesting displays at The Gamble House, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew Church.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pasadena route maker app.

Getting from Beverly Hills to Pasadena by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or ride a tram; or do a combination of bus and tram. Traveling from Beverly Hills in March, Pasadena is a bit cooler at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Pasadena

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: Salt Oasis (in Rancho Cucamonga), March Field Air Museum (in Riverside) and Ontario Mills (in Ontario). Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Knott's Berry Farm. There's lots more to do: test your problem-solving skills at Red Lantern Escape Rooms, ponder the design of Vietnam War Memorial, catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers, and let the kids burn off some steam at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip planner.

You can drive from Pasadena to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Pasadena in March, expect Anaheim to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Disney Park / Activity
Disneyland Park
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Disney Park / Activity
Disney California Adventure Park
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Disney Park / Activity
Downtown Disney
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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, and finally pause for some photo ops at Desert Holocaust Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, pause for some photo ops at Sonny Bono Statue, then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Palm Springs, and finally deepen your understanding at Palm Springs Air Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Anaheim in March: highs in Palm Springs hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Julian.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Julian

Julian ©
Julian is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California, in the United States. On the 16th (Tue), make a trip to Galleta Meadows, admire nature's extreme beauty at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and then take in breathtaking views at Coyote Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Fonts Point, identify plant and animal life at California Overland Desert Excursions, then meet the residents at California Wolf Center, then stop by Julian Cider Mill, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eagle and High Peak Mine.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Julian trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Julian in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in March, with highs in Julian at 26°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Julian

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Maritime Museum of San Diego will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, stroll around Balboa Park, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego planner.

Traveling by car from Julian to San Diego takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Julian in March, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Newport Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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Must see
San Diego Zoo
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Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, take a memorable tour with Tours, identify plant and animal life at Sherman Library & Gardens, step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, then pause for some photo ops at The Ben Carlson Memorial Statue, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Huntington Beach Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Newport Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove, then walk around Heisler Park, then walk around Brown's Park, and finally take in the waterfront at San Clemente Pier.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Newport Beach road trip site.

Getting from San Diego to Newport Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. March in Newport Beach sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Island
Balboa Island
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Beach
Crystal Cove
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Long Beach

Long Beach ©

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Long Beach Waterfront, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of the Pacific, then browse the different shops at Shoreline Village, and finally see the interesting displays at The Queen Mary. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Redondo Beach Pier, kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, then stroll through Redondo Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wayfarers Chapel, and finally stroll around Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Long Beach online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Newport Beach to Long Beach in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Long Beach sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Beach
Redondo Beach
4.4

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica online tour planner.

You can drive from Long Beach to Santa Monica in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a tram; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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Pier / Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier
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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll around Wildwood Regional Park, examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then stroll through Arroyo Simi Bike Path, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, stroll through Zuma Beach, then take in breathtaking views at Solstice Canyon, then walk around Malibu Bluffs Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Malibu Lagoon State Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Malibu trip maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Malibu, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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Beach
Zuma Beach
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Specialty Museum
The Getty Villa
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, walk around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, and then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip website.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Malibu in March since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fresno.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Fresno

Fresno ©
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Forestiere Underground Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinzen Japanese Garden, then walk around Woodward Regional Park, and finally make a trip to Old Town Clovis. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Children's Museum of the Sierra, don't miss a visit to Scenic Route Highway 49, then examine the collection at Fresno Flats Historical Park, and finally shop like a local with Bravo Farms.

To find maps and tourist information, read Fresno trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Fresno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in April: highs in Fresno hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Fresno to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Fresno in April, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature
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National Park
Bridalveil Fall
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Geologic Formation
Half Dome
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Vernal Fall
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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at Lake Tahoe Yoga, then capture your vacation like a pro with Tahoe Photographic Tours, then stroll through Adventure Mountain, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Sand Harbor, explore the activities along Lake Tahoe, get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jobs Peak.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 15°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Photography Tour
Tahoe Photographic Tours
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Sacramento

Sacramento ©

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 8th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at McKinley Park, grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at California State Capitol Museum, steep yourself in history at Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sacramento Zoo, then admire the striking features of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and finally stroll around Capitol Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento online visit planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in April: high temperatures in Sacramento hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Art Museum
Crocker Art Museum
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Napa

Napa ©

America's Wine Country

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Oxbow Public Market, then take in the pleasant sights at Riverfront Promenade, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Napa trip builder site.

Getting from Sacramento to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sacramento in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Napa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Napa

Theme Parks · Tours · Shopping · Spas

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Oxbow Public Market
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Balloon Ride
Balloon Rides
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Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Attractions like Sears Point Racing Experience and Mission San Francisco Solano make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Tule Elk Preserve (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Food & Farm Tours (in Point Reyes Station). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, contemplate the long history of General M.G. Vallejo Home, make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, and stop by Glen Ellen Village Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sonoma trip itinerary planning app.

Sonoma is just a stone's throw from Napa. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Sausalito.

Things to do in Sonoma

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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Sausalito

Sausalito ©
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. On the 15th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, see the interesting displays at The Marine Mammal Center, take some stellar pictures from Vista Point, then have fun and explore at Bay Area Discovery Museum, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Sausalito Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Tamalpais State Park, stroll through Muir Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Sausalito driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Sonoma to Sausalito by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sonoma in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Sausalito. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Berkeley.

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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Children’s Museum
Bay Area Discovery Museum
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Specialty Museum
The Marine Mammal Center
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Berkeley

Berkeley ©
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. On the 17th (Sat), browse the fresh offerings at Monterey Market, steep yourself in history at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, and then learn about winemaking at Riggers Loft Wine Company. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sather Tower, gain insight at University of California, Berkeley, then browse the exhibits of Lawrence Hall of Science, then stroll around John Muir National Historic Site, and finally stroll around Tilden Regional Park.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Berkeley trip maker.

Drive from Sausalito to Berkeley in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oakland.

Things to do in Berkeley

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Oakland

Oakland ©
On the 19th (Mon), walk around Anthony Chabot Regional Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oakland Zoo, then stroll around Redwood Regional Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oakland California Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Christ the Light. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Rotary Nature Center and Waterfowl Refuge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Merritt, then don't miss a visit to Jack London Square, then browse the exhibits of USS Potomac, and finally take in the waterfront at Port View Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oakland vacation planning app.

Oakland is just a stone's throw from Berkeley. In April, daily temperatures in Oakland can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Oakland

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

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San Jose

San Jose ©

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, then meet the residents at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, then engage your brain at The Tech Interactive, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, take a stroll through Stanford Shopping Center, then engage your brain at Children's Discovery Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Municipal Rose Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Oakland to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a subway; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Science Museum
The Tech Interactive
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Wilder Ranch State Park, then take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz day trip tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

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Must see
Point Lobos
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Lombard Street, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Santa Cruz to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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