19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Calistoga
— 1 night
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Sacramento
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Strawberry Hill. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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Recife, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. While traveling from Recife, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

Calistoga

— 1 night
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sterling Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Calistoga journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in April, Calistoga is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:

Sacramento

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sacramento vacation maker website.

You can drive from Calistoga to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Sacramento are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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 10th (Sat): hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 12th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally shop like a local with State Street Underpass.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planning website.

Getting from Carmel to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Santa Monica

— 1 night

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 14th (Wed): take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Beaches · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The Getty Center and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, steep yourself in history at Hollyhock House, and don't miss a visit to Angels Flight Railway.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site.

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

San Diego

— 3 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 Maritime Museum of San Diego and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Appreciate the collections at San Diego Air & Space Museum and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.4
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.