25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Pacifica
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
3
Half Moon Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Pescadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Davenport
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
10
Anaheim
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Dallas

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Hidden Garden Steps, Hyde street pier, Baker Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walt Disney Family Museum and Muir Woods National Monument. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Lincoln Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, San Francisco is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

1
day
Pacifica

Pacifica ©
Pacifica is a city in San Mateo County, California, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gray Whale Cove State Beach as well as Mori Point. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, enjoy the sea views from Montara Point Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach, then take in the waterfront at Pacifica Municipal Pier, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mori Point.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pacifica day trip app .

Pacifica is just a stone's throw from San Francisco. In October in Pacifica, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pacifica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Montara Point Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Rockaway Beach ©
Rockaway Beach
Gray Whale Cove State Beach ©
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Montara Point Lighthouse ©
Montara Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. You've now added Pescadero State Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Pescadero State Beach, then kick back and relax at Mavericks, then kick back and relax at Naples Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Francis Beach. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Anderson Collection at Stanford University, then admire the masterpieces at Rodin Sculpture Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stanford Memorial Church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Half Moon Bay tour itinerary planner .

Half Moon Bay is just a short distance from Pacifica. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Pacifica in October; daily highs in Half Moon Bay reach 66°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanford, Stanford Memorial Church, Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Mavericks ©
Mavericks
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach

2
nights
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pigeon Point Light Station. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pigeon Point Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bean Hollow State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, then explore and take pictures at Harley Farms Goat Dairy, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pescadero trip planner .

Pescadero is just a short distance from Half Moon Bay. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pescadero: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©
Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve ©
Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve

1
night
Davenport

Davenport ©
Davenport is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. You've now added Shark Fin Cove to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Davenport Landing Beach, then learn about winemaking at Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room, and finally admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Davenport trip itinerary maker website .

Davenport is just a short distance from Pescadero. In October in Davenport, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Davenport

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove
Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room ©
Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Natural Bridges State Beach as well as Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach, don't miss a visit to The Shakespeare Society of America, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moss Landing State Beach, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, examine the collection at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and then stroll through Twin Lakes State Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz day trip planning tool .

Santa Cruz is very close to Davenport. October in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Moss Landing
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moss Landing State Beach ©
Moss Landing State Beach

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, admire the landmark architecture of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then stroll through Scenic Road Walkway, and finally kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip maker .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and Battleship USS Iowa BB-61. Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Manhattan Beach to see Manhattan Beach about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online vacation planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Manhattan Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 ©
Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

6
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Table Rock Beach and Wiens Family Cellars - Winery. Get a sense of the local culture at Europa Village and The California Route 66 Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: Victoria Beach (in Laguna Beach), Planes of Fame Air Museum (in Chino) and Newport Beach (Civic Center Park & The Wedge). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsi Lai Temple, experience the excitement of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, see the interesting displays at Lyon Air Museum, and get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anaheim trip maker tool .

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In October in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Temecula, Keller Peak Fire Lookout, Planes of Fame Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Europa Village ©
Europa Village
Hsi Lai Temple ©
Hsi Lai Temple

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