20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

San Francisco
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco

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days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Dedicate the 15th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, take a stroll through Nob Hill, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip generator.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

6
days
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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 in touch with nature at Glacier Point and El Capitan. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, explore the activities along Gaylor Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 29°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. On the 24th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monterey online itinerary creator.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

3
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Topanga State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in October, with highs in Santa Monica at 76°F and lows at 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

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Los Angeles
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park

4
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Mission Beach Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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