25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  15​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  17​h
End: Brussels

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Chinatown, stroll through China Beach, and take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planning app .

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brussels to San Francisco. In October, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Brussels - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
Visiting Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Mumm Napa or Petaluma Seed Bank. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and view the masterpieces at Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa trip itinerary 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. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Napa, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Beaches Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Rutherford, Sonoma, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll through Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and then take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by AiX, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip planner .

You can drive from Napa to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Napa in November since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Carmel, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Nicholas Canyon Beach in Malibu (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and steep yourself in history at El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in November: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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