23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Napa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. There's lots more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planning website.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect San Francisco to be colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Napa

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sharpsteen Museum and Mumm Napa. Patrick Amiot and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, &more) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Alexander Valley Vineyards, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Oxbow Public Market, do a tasting at Inglenook, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Napa driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Napa when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), stop by AiX, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Napa to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Kids will enjoy La Jolla Cove and Gaslamp Quarter. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and kick back and relax at Black's Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Diego vacation builder app.

You can fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in December, with highs in San Diego at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Montana Avenue. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museumfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 8th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.