31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmichael
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
London

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, get great views at Twin Peaks, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip website .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carmichael.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
day
Carmichael

Carmichael ©
Carmichael is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sacramento County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): do a tasting at Bray Vineyards and then do a tasting at Amador 360 Winery Collective.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmichael online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmichael takes 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 2°C in Carmichael. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmichael

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Plymouth, California State Railroad Museum
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Amador 360 Winery Collective ©
Amador 360 Winery Collective
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Effie Yeaw Nature Center

4
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.
On the 11th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Yosemite Village, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner .

Getting from Carmichael to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Carmichael in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are colder (-12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon
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 14th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect nights in San Simeon to be warmer, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 16th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel online holiday planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Carlos Cathedral, Asilomar State Beach, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Carmel in January since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego

2
days
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, United States. On the 24th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Getty Center The Publications and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Los Angeles (The Hollywood Museum, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, & more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Will Rogers State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and tram; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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