23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Healdsburg
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

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: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums · Childrens Museums

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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.
On the 28th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Alexander Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sonoma Coast State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and then do a tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg online driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, bus, and train. Traveling from San Francisco in November, Healdsburg is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
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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 30th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

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Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in November, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 14°C by day to -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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A Land of Giants

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and identify plant and animal life at Big Baldy.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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San Diego

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

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Los Angeles

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.