33 days in California & Denver Itinerary

33 days in California & Denver Itinerary

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33 days in California & Denver Itinerary

Lahore
Fly:  26​h
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
Lahore

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Twin Peaks and Muir Woods National Monument. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through The Castro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip builder

Lahore, Pakistan to San Francisco is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Lahore to San Francisco, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In January in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. On the 10th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's still lots to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday website

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 8°C, while lows dip to -12°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
days
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monterey travel planner

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, you will find days in Monterey are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are warmer (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pfeiffer State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

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.
Visiting Topanga State Park and El Pueblo de Los Angeles will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Getty Center The Publications and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Los Angeles (Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Autry Museum of the American West, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Monterey in January since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Timken Museum of Art. Get outdoors at San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego driving holiday planner

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in San Diego

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

3
days
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Evans and Mount Evans Scenic Byway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Flatirons (in Boulder). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Union Station, Denver, CO and look for gifts at Tattered Cover Book Store.

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Fly from San Diego to Denver in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Denver. In January, Denver is cooler than San Diego - with highs of 7°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carousel of Happiness, Flatirons
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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