25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sonoma
— 5 nights
2
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
3
Mendocino
— 2 nights
4
Bodega Bay
— 3 nights
5
Monterey
— 3 nights
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
7
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
8
San Juan Capistrano
— 2 nights
9
Avalon, Catalina Island
— 2 nights
10
San Diego
— 1 night

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Sonoma Valley and Bothe-Napa State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mumm Napa in Rutherford (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sonoma road trip app.

Chicago to Sonoma is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Sonoma, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Sonoma: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Sonoma

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Mumm Napa, Bothe-Napa State Park
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Bothe-Napa State Park ©
Bothe-Napa State Park
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
You've now added Trees of Mystery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Trees of Mystery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sonoma to Redwood National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Sonoma in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Redwood National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. You'll set off for Mendocino on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Trees of Mystery
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Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

2
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 11th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, thenadmire the majestic nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and then take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mendocino route planner.

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Mendocino in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Redwood National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bodega Bay.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Bragg, B Bryan Preserve, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

3
nights
Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay ©
Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Ross State Historic Park, immerse yourself in nature at Tomales Bay State Park, and then make a trip to James E Potter Elementary School.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Bodega Bay trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Mendocino to Bodega Bay in 2.5 hours. In November in Bodega Bay, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Bodega Bay

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore, Fort Ross State Historic Park
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Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Tomales Bay State Park ©
Tomales Bay State Park
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You've added Lovers Point, 17-Mile Drive, Monterey Movie Tours, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

You can drive from Bodega Bay to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bodega Bay in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lovers Point, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pfeiffer State Beach as well as McWay Falls. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, stroll through Point Sur State Historic Park, thentake in the views from Bixby Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur day trip planner.

Drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Visiting Zuma Beach and Ojai Meadows Preserve will get you outdoors. When in Santa Barbara, make a side trip to see San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, approximately Ventura away. There's more to do: get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo and explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave.

Make your Santa Barbara itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. When traveling from Big Sur in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel to San Juan Capistrano.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Zuma Beach, San Buenaventura State Beach, Ojai Meadows Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Ojai Meadows Preserve ©
Ojai Meadows Preserve
San Buenaventura State Beach
San Buenaventura State Beach

2
nights
San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano ©
San Juan Capistrano is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano and then kick back and relax at Newport Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Corona Del Mar State Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Plan my trip to San Juan Capistrano with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Juan Capistrano takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Juan Capistrano, with lows of °F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Avalon.

Things to do in San Juan Capistrano

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Dana Point
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

2
nights
Avalon, Catalina Island

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Catalina Island Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Catalina Island Museum, try to win big at Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater, and then don't miss a visit to Airport in the Sky.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Avalon route maker app.

Explore your travel options from San Juan Capistrano to Avalon with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Juan Capistrano in November: highs in Avalon hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Avalon

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
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Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater ©
Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater
Catalina Island Museum ©
Catalina Island Museum
Airport in the Sky ©
Airport in the Sky

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coronado Beach as well as La Jolla Cove. On the 28th (Wed), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, thensnap pictures at Coronado Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Coronado Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Diego online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Avalon to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Avalon in November, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Coronado Bridge ©
Coronado Bridge

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