35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Klamath
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Lone Pine
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Frankfurt

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and San Francisco Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Reyes Lighthouse and California State Capitol Museum. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Frankfurt to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Frankfurt - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands, Balloon Rides, V. Sattui Winery, Safari West
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

2
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Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the galleries of Trees of Mystery and then stroll through Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Wilson Creek Beach, identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, hike along Stout Grove, then explore the galleries of Battery Point Lighthouse, and finally don't miss a visit to Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Klamath day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Klamath. In April, Klamath is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crescent City, Redwood National Park
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Battery Point Lighthouse ©
Battery Point Lighthouse

3
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and The Old Monterey Jail will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and stroll through Point Lobos.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Klamath to Monterey with the Route module. When traveling from Klamath in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

2
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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of East Village. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at San Simeon State Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Jade Cove.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon journey planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Jade Cove ©
Jade Cove

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nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monarch Butterfly Grove and Camarillo Premium Outlets. Step out of the city life by going to El Capitan State Beach and Avila Hot Springs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Los Olivos General Store (in Los Olivos), Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach) and Hans Christian Andersen Museum (in Solvang). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in April, you will find days in Santa Barbara are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Avila Hot Springs, Los Olivos General Store, Camarillo Premium Outlets, El Capitan State Beach
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
El Capitan State Beach ©
El Capitan State Beach
Avila Hot Springs ©
Avila Hot Springs

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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 some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Relax by the water at Coronado Beach and Pacific Beach. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Coronado, Oceanside Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching, South Carlsbad State Beach, Crystal Cove
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and San Jacinto Mountain. Escape the urban bustle at Coachella Valley Preserve and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with a short trip to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, examine the collection at Robolights, explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, and browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs online day trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are much warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Coachella Valley Preserve ©
Coachella Valley Preserve
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Artists Palette and Titus Canyon. Step out of the city life by going to Devil's Golf Course and Fall Canyon. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in May, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 33°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Silver City Ghost Town and California Historical Landmark 507. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kings Canyon National Park and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Lone Pine: Keough's Hot Springs (in Bishop), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Moro Rock, Giant Forest, &more) and Whiskey Flat Trail (in Kernville). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Alabama Hills, fly down the slopes at Diamond Peak, and identify plant and animal life at Audubon Kern River Preserve.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lone Pine trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine in 2 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lone Pine, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Diamond Peak, Silver City Ghost Town, Keough's Hot Springs, Audubon Kern River Preserve
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tioga Pass and Sentinel Dome. Step out of the city life by going to Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA and Bridalveil Fall. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Bridgeport (Bridgeport Reservoir & Bodie State Historic Park) and Black Point Fissures (in Mono Hot Springs). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, hike along Mariposa Grove, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lone Pine to Yosemite National Park. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lone Pine in May: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Sierra Nevada, Black Point Fissures
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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