47 days in California Itinerary

47 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

47 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  28​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Truckee
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Palm Desert
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Cape Town

6
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, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to San Francisco is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Cape Town in March, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Tours
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga) and Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and stop by Petaluma Seed Bank.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Healdsburg online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Healdsburg when traveling from San Francisco in March, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Petaluma Seed Bank, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Sharpsteen Museum
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars & Pride Mountain Vineyards). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, stop by Oxbow Public Market, and explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Napa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, St. Helena, Jack London State Historic Park, Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

4
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Truckee: Tahoe Maritime Museum (in Homewood) and West Coast Falconry (in Marysville). And it doesn't end there: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, stroll through Tahoe Donner, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Truckee online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Napa to Truckee takes 3 hours. In March, Truckee is a bit cooler than Napa - with highs of 11°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

West Coast Falconry, Tahoe Cross Country, Tahoe Maritime Museum
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Tahoe Maritime Museum ©
Tahoe Maritime Museum

4
nights
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.
When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Eagle Rock Hiking Trail in Homewood, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co, and get your game on at Magic Carpet Golf.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Magic Carpet Golf ©
Magic Carpet Golf

6
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, hike along Mariposa Grove, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Mammoth Lakes sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

Plan my Los Angeles trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in March, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 27°C and lows about 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 5:
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
nights
Palm Desert

Palm Desert ©
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Desert: Joshua Tree National Park (Wonderland of Rocks, Lost Palms Oasis Trail, & more). It doesn't end there: walk around Michael S Wolfson Park and relax in the rural setting at Sam Cobb Farms.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Desert road trip planning tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Desert by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Palm Desert, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park, Sam Cobb Farms, Michael S Wolfson Park
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Palm Desert to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Desert in April, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

Similar Plans

60 days in California, Florida & New York City BY A USER FROM QATAR September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in California BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 46 days in United States & Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, extra fast, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Extra fast 16 days in California BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, extra fast, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Extra fast 7 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 43 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM MEXICO August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans