40 days in California Itinerary

40 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
8
Orick
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h
9
Berkeley
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Santa Ana
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
11
Eureka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Chicago

6
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, walk around Ellen Browning Scripps Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Chicago to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

5
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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and contemplate the long history of Avila Adobe.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Two Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
Napa is known for wineries, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano and don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa trip website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Napa are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sonoma
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano
Sonoma Barracks ©
Sonoma Barracks

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Take a break from Healdsburg with a short trip to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville, about 36 minutes away.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Healdsburg travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Healdsburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

1
night
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendocino road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Mendocino takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Orick.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Russian Gulch State Park ©
Russian Gulch State Park
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

2
nights
Orick

Orick ©
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Orick journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Orick takes 4 hours. Traveling from Mendocino in June, expect nights in Orick to be slightly colder, around 49°F, while days are cooler, around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Berkeley.

Things to do in Orick

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

2
nights
Berkeley

Berkeley ©
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): engage your brain at Lawrence Hall of Science, thendeepen your understanding at University of California, Berkeley, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Monterey Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take in the waterfront activity at Berkeley Marina, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, thentake a leisurely stroll along Port View Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Oakland Museum of California.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Berkeley trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Orick to Berkeley with the Route module. Traveling from Orick in July, expect Berkeley to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Ana.

Things to do in Berkeley

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oakland, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Lawrence Hall of Science ©
Lawrence Hall of Science
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
University of California, Berkeley ©
University of California, Berkeley

2
nights
Santa Ana

Santa Ana ©
Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. On the 5th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier and then find something for the whole family at Knott's Berry Farm. On your second day here, examine the collection at Lyon Air Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Ana itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Berkeley to Santa Ana. Traveling from Berkeley in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Ana: highs are around 80°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Santa Ana

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huntington Beach Pier, Knott's Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Knott's Berry Farm ©
Knott's Berry Farm
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Huntington Beach Pier ©
Huntington Beach Pier

3
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 7th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Humboldt Redwoods State Park, cruise along Avenue of the Giants, and then head outdoors with Founders Grove. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Old Town Eureka, admire the striking features of Carson Mansion, and then cruise along Redwood Highway.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Santa Ana to Eureka with the Route module. In July, Eureka is a bit cooler than Santa Ana - with highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Weott, The Victorian Village of Ferndale, Avenue of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Founders Grove ©
Founders Grove
Carson Mansion ©
Carson Mansion

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