42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive
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Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Battery Spencer will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station). The adventure continues: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, get outside with Fort Baker, visit Chinatown, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary tool.

Linton, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Linton to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In March, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Linton - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Yosemite Valley Chapel and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Escape the urban bustle at Elizabeth Lake and Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 13°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 4 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get outdoors at Zabriskie Point and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Artists Dr and Badwater Basin. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and trek along Fall Canyon.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 24°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and 26-Mile Bike Path. Explore hidden gems such as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Venice Canals Walkway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes) and Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker app.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 4 nights
Get in touch with nature at Indian Canyons and Coachella Valley Preserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sunnylands Center & Gardens and El Paseo Shopping District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Cottonwood Spring Oasis (in Joshua Tree National Park) and The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert).

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Borrego Springs

— 2 nights
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 9th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail and then surround yourself with nature on California Overland Desert Excursions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Slot Canyon and then explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Borrego Springs online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Borrego Springs in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Borrego Springs, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

San Diego

— 6 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and USS Midway Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and take in the views from Coronado Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Diego road trip app.

Getting from Borrego Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Borrego Springs in April, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 4 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Popular historic sites such as Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Old Mission Santa Barbara are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach to see Pismo Pier about 1h 45 min away. Dedicate the 19th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, view the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Art Glass, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 21st (Fri): stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online travel route planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carmel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.