39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  17​h
1
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
3
Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
9
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
11
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
12
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
15
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

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London, UK to Big Sur is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Big Sur reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Bodega Dunes and Sonoma Coast State Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Cable Car Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sebastopol (Sebastopol Center for the Arts & Patrick Amiot) and Bodega Bay (Bodega Head & Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing). There's more to do: get curious at Exploratorium.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Sebastopol, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Dunes
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:
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Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

3
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at Old Sacramento, then get a taste of the local shopping with Artery, then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, then engage your brain at Aerospace Museum of California, and then take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento online trip maker .

Drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Sacramento hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

The Artery, Aerospace Museum of California, Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:
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Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Old Sacramento ©
Old Sacramento

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Kiva Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Stream Profile Chamber. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Cascade Falls Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Grover Hot Springs State Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planning app .

You can drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in April: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 15°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grover Hot Springs State Park, Cascade Falls Trail, Stream Profile Chamber
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
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Grover Hot Springs State Park ©
Grover Hot Springs State Park
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery ©
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

3
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 Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Museum Gallery will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bridalveil Fall and Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along North Dome, and make a trip to Valley View.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. April in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along Parker Lake Trail, explore the activities along Gull Lake, and then look for gifts at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes attractions planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

June Lake
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Gull Lake ©
Gull Lake
Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes ©
Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online route planner .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in April, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are much hotter (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Beatty Museum & Historical Society, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Beatty Museum & Historical Society ©
Beatty Museum & Historical Society

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, then hike along Mount Whitney Trail, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, see the interesting displays at Eastern California Museum, and then hike along Big Stump Basin.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll set off for Paso Robles on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): examine the collection at Paso Robles Pioneer Museum and then take in the exciting artwork at Studios on the Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery, do a tasting at Turley Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Rotta Winery, then do a tasting at J Dusi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Paso Robles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Paso Robles, with lows around 7°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Templeton
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Rotta Winery ©
Rotta Winery
Studios on the Park ©
Studios on the Park
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum ©
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum

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nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Niven Family Winery (no tasting) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Talley Vineyards, experience rural life at The Luffa Farm, then kick back and relax at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and finally trek along Bluff Trail.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip planner .

You can drive from Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paso Robles in April, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Los Osos, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, Talley Vineyards, The Luffa Farm
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
The Luffa Farm ©
The Luffa Farm
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa ©
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, and then admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Running Horse Ranch and Santa Monica State Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then examine the collection at Integratron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs day trip site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Palm Springs at 39°C and lows at 22°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Integratron, Climbing Tours
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Climbing Tours
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Integratron ©
Integratron

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Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 6th (Wed), take an unorthodox tour of Ghost Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Laguna Mountain Recreation Area and then explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Borrego Springs day trip planner .

Getting from Palm Springs to Borrego Springs by car takes about 2 hours. May in Borrego Springs sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Mecca, Salvation Mountain, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Salvation Mountain ©
Salvation Mountain
International Banana Museum ©
International Banana Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Point Loma, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Oceanside Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Borrego Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Borrego Springs in May, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
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Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

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