17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Guerneville
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sonoma
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
7
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Washington Park Arboretum and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle online route planner .

Dallas to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dallas in November, with highs in Seattle at 53°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Guerneville.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
day
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stop by Guerneville 5 & 10, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars, and finally get your game on at Pee Wee Golf & Arcade.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Guerneville day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seattle to Guerneville. Traveling from Seattle in November, you will find days in Guerneville are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Guerneville

Wineries Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Gracianna Winery
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Pee Wee Golf & Arcade ©
Pee Wee Golf & Arcade
Guerneville 5 & 10 ©
Guerneville 5 & 10

3
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Explore hidden gems such as B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and Jessup Cellars. When in Sonoma, make a side trip to see Modus Operandi Cellars in St. Helena, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Goosecross Cellars and immerse yourself in nature at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sonoma road trip planning website .

You can drive from Guerneville to Sonoma in 1.5 hours. In November in Sonoma, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yountville, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Modus Operandi Cellars, Robert Biale Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Goosecross Cellars ©
Goosecross Cellars
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park ©
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then hike along Lands End, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sonoma in November since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. On the 9th (Sat), stroll through Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Carmel are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and El Capitan. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along Four Mile Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (54°F), and nights are colder (19°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through South Bay Bicycle Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica travel route builder app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in Santa Monica are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are much hotter (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at El Pescador State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Westward Beach, and then stroll around Legacy Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Malibu road trip tool .

Malibu is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In November, daytime highs in Malibu are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Legacy Park ©
Legacy Park

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nights
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.
On the 15th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Windansea Beach.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego route planner .

Getting from Malibu to San Diego by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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