23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
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Napa
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder site.

Edinburgh, UK to San Diego is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in November, with highs in San Diego at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Yosemite National Park (Vernal Fall, Taft Point, &more).

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, temps between 14°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Napa

— 3 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma), Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Sapphire Hill Winery, &more) and Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and make a trip to Sonoma Barracks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Napa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Napa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in November: highs in Napa hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Napa in November, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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.