51 days in California Itinerary

51 days in California Itinerary

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51 days in California Itinerary

Florence
Fly:  19​h
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Malibu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Anaheim
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Florence

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton), Moss Landing State Beach (in Moss Landing) and Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, stop by The Cheese Shop, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Florence, Italy to Carmel is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Florence to Carmel, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 23°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

8
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 3rd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder site .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Healdsburg road trip planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Healdsburg are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Healdsburg

#Tours, #Wineries

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

2
days
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 10th (Fri), hike along California Coastal Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Redwood National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip planner .

Drive from Healdsburg to Redwood National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Orick
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, hike along Lembert Dome, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Redwood National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Redwood National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

3
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Lone Pine to see Museum of Western Film History about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, Head underground at Crystal Cave, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 42°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

5
days
Santa Barbara

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tercero Wines (in Los Olivos), Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang) and Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery). Dedicate the 24th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shoreline Park, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip maker website .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Santa Barbara are much colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Maria, Montecito, Tercero Wines, Rusack Vineyards, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

4
days
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Malibu: Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Ocean Avenue, & more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, stroll through Malibu Lagoon State Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Malibu online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. August in Malibu sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Malibu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market

5
days
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Los Angeles (Universal Studios Hollywood, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, & more). Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Sun) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim tour planner .

You can drive from Malibu to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Malibu in September: highs in Anaheim hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip site .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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