25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
2
Pacifica
— 1 day
3
Half Moon Bay
— 2 nights
4
Pescadero
— 2 nights
5
Davenport
— 1 night
6
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
10
Anaheim
— 6 nights

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hidden Garden Steps, Hyde Street Pier, Baker Beach, and other attractions you added. Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Lincoln Park. Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Walt Disney Family Museum. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dallas in October, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pacifica.

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. On the 12th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Montara Point Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach, thentake a leisurely stroll along Pacifica Municipal Pier, and finally trek along Mori Point.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Pacifica trip planner.

Pacifica is just a stone's throw from San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Pacifica

Outdoors Parks 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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pescadero State Beach. On the 13th (Tue), stroll through Pescadero State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mavericks, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Naples Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Francis Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Anderson Collection at Stanford University, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Sculpture Garden, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Stanford Memorial Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Half Moon Bay trip itinerary tool.

Half Moon Bay is very close to Pacifica. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Pacifica in October, with highs in Half Moon Bay at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pescadero.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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. You've now added Pigeon Point Light Station to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pigeon Point Beach, thenenjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, experience rural life at Harley Farms Goat Dairy, and then walk around Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pescadero journey planning app.

Pescadero is just a short distance from Half Moon Bay. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in October, you will find days in Pescadero are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Davenport.

Things to do in Pescadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pigeon Point Beach ©
Pigeon Point Beach
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach

1
night
Davenport

Davenport ©
Davenport is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Shark Fin Cove has been added to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Davenport Landing Beach, thenlearn about winemaking at Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Davenport trip planner.

Davenport is just a short distance from Pescadero. In October, daily temperatures in Davenport can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Davenport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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, enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, make a trip to The Shakespeare Society of America, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Moss Landing State Beach, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and then kick back and relax at Twin Lakes State Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip planner.

Santa Cruz is very close to Davenport. In October in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf 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, thenstroll through Scenic Road Walkway, and finally kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, 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 °F to lows of °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

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

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 Friends of the Elephant Seal, thenlook for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, 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 °F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °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 Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel. Get a sense of the local culture at Battleship USS Iowa Museum and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with a short trip to Manhattan Beach in Manhattan Beach (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and visit Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online day trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from San Simeon in October, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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 Planes of Fame Air Museum and Downtown Disney. Get a sense of the local culture at Wiens Family Cellars - Winery and Europa Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: The California Route 66 Museum (in Victorville), Newport Beach (Civic Center Park & The Wedge) and Laguna Beach (Victoria Beach & Table Rock Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsi Lai Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary, examine the collection at Lyon Air Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim day trip planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up 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, Temecula, Laguna Beach, The California Route 66 Museum, Planes of Fame Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Wiens Family Cellars - Winery ©
Wiens Family Cellars - Winery
Europa Village ©
Europa Village

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