11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oakville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and The Castro. Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, stop by North Beach, wander the streets of Chinatown, and shop like a local with Union Square.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing site.

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oakville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Oakville

— 2 nights
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. On the 20th (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Inglenook, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Oakville trip itinerary tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Oakville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oakville, with lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Carmel

— 1 night
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 22nd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Getting from Oakville to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or fly. Traveling from Oakville in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 43°F in Carmel. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, stop by Angelino Heights Historic Area, admire the landmark architecture of Watts Towers, and get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.