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Death Valley National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
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Long Beach
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Monica
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
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Monterey
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Healdsburg
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Calistoga
— 2 nights
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St. Helena
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Napa
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Sonoma
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San Francisco
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Chennai, India to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chennai to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 13.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in April, expect Death Valley National Park to be cooler, temps between 29°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Eastern California Museum and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, and then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.
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San Diego — 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour planner.

Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 2 nights

Village by the Sea

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad day trip website.

Drive from San Diego to Carlsbad in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in April, Carlsbad is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and then examine the collection at Palm Springs Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest, then delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs trip planner.

Getting from Carlsbad to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in April; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 37°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.
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Anaheim — 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in April, expect Anaheim to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Long Beach.
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Long Beach — 2 nights

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 14th (Fri), examine the collection at The Queen Mary and then meet the residents at Aquarium of the Pacific. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Redondo Beach Pier, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then don't miss a visit to Huntington Beach Pier.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Long Beach online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Anaheim to Long Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and tram. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look and learn at Griffith Observatory, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning app.

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Long Beach. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Monica.
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Santa Monica — 2 nights

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 17th (Mon): stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Illusion Magic Lounge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica itinerary planner.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you will find days in Santa Monica are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Barbara vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Monica in April since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Fri), stop by Sebastian General Store and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then shop like a local with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.
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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 23rd (Sun): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Carmel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip app.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.
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Santa Cruz — 2 nights

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an unorthodox tour of Mystery Spot, take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf, and then explore and take pictures at West Cliff Drive. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Computer History Museum, delve into the mystery of Winchester Mystery House, and then admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): trek along Wawona Meadow and then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Santa Cruz in April, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 17°C and lows about -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Healdsburg.
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Healdsburg — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): learn about winemaking at Thumbprint Cellars and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then learn about winemaking at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Healdsburg: highs are around 28°C and lows about 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Calistoga.
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Calistoga — 2 nights

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful Geyser of California and then do a tasting at Chateau Montelena.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Calistoga trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Calistoga takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll set off for St. Helena on the 5th (Fri).
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St. Helena — 2 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
On the 5th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at VJB Cellars, look for gifts at Dean & DeLuca, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Cakebread Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Peju Winery.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read St. Helena online sightseeing planner.

St. Helena is just a stone's throw from Calistoga. In May, daytime highs in St. Helena are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Napa.
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Napa — 2 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the world behind art at Hess Persson Estates, and then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Napa trip planner.

Napa is very close to St. Helena. In May in Napa, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 9th (Tue), you're off to Sonoma.
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Sonoma — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Benziger Family Winery and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Sonoma Plaza and then savor the flavors at Sonoma Valley.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sonoma online route maker.

Sonoma is very close to Napa. In May, daytime highs in Sonoma are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Japanese Tea Garden. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Sonoma in May, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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