22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  14 h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Crescent City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Trinidad
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
6
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Zurich

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, get into the urban bustle at Civic Center, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 11th (Sat), trek along Stout Grove, enjoy the sand and surf at Point St George Park, cruise along Pebble Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach, and finally stroll through Point St. George Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Crescent City trip maker website .

Getting from San Francisco to Crescent City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, Crescent City is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Enderts Beach
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Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Point St George Park ©
Point St George Park
Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Camel Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, then hike along Trillium Falls Hike, and finally kick back and relax at Big Lagoon County Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Trinidad online vacation planner .

Getting from Crescent City to Trinidad by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Trinidad are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Sonoma.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Camel Rock
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio ©

2
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach, then savor the flavors at Mumm Napa, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, then shop like a local with Patrick Amiot, and finally view the masterpieces at Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sonoma road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Trinidad to Sonoma with the Route module. Traveling from Trinidad in April, expect nights in Sonoma to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sonoma

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Glen Ellen, Modus Operandi Cellars, Safari West, Patrick Amiot, Mumm Napa
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Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Safari West ©
Safari West

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, then pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then look for gifts at AiX, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Sonoma to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Carmel are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX, Pfeiffer State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Ansel Adams Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, hike along May Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip planning website .

Getting from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Annenberg Community Beach House and Santa Monica Pier. Head to Amoeba Music and Santa Monica Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at The Grove, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and admire the majestic nature at Royal Palms State Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder site .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
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Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Market. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Tide Pools, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Cabrillo Tide Pools ©
Cabrillo Tide Pools

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