11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Geyserville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Philo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sioux City

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, then take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary builder website .

Sioux City to San Francisco is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Sioux City in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Geyserville.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Museums, #Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

2
nights
Geyserville

Geyserville ©
Geyserville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Sonoma County, California, USA. On the 16th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Saloon, then learn about winemaking at Brassfield Estate Winery, and finally do a tasting at BobDog Winery. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at C.Donatiello Winery, learn about winemaking at Davis Family Vineyards, do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery, learn about winemaking at Mercury Wine, then do a tasting at Pech Merle Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Ramazzotti Wine Tasting.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Geyserville route planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Geyserville takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Geyserville, with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Geyserville

#Wineries, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Calistoga, Brassfield Estate Winery, BobDog Winery
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Brassfield Estate Winery ©
Brassfield Estate Winery
BobDog Winery ©
BobDog Winery

1
night
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): do a tasting at Husch Vineyards, do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, do a tasting at Lula Cellars, then do a tasting at Toulouse Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Navarro Vineyards.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Philo online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Geyserville to Philo takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Philo can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Philo

#Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch Vineyards
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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 19th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then do a tasting at Silvestri Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Philo to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Philo in January, with lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery
Silvestri Vineyards ©
Silvestri Vineyards

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then learn about winemaking at Fratelli Perata Winery, and then do a tasting at Anglim Winery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paso Robles trip maker tool .

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carmel in January since evenings lows in Paso Robles dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Paso Robles to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paso Robles in January: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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