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 15​min
2
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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 15​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.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Exploratorium. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a stroll through Marina District, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online travel route builder .

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In October, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Brussels - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gracianna Winery and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Get in touch with nature at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes. Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma), St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more) and Stephen & Walker Winery (in Healdsburg). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Inglenook, shop like a local with Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma, and view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Napa route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, Napa is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Rutherford, 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. On the 6th (Wed), stroll through Asilomar State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at AiX, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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Getting from Napa to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Napa in November since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and trek along Four Mile Trail.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes tour itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carmel in November: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Get some cultural insight at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Malibu to see Nicholas Canyon Beach about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at The Grove, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and wander the streets of Montana Avenue.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip website .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, Los Angeles is warmer than Mammoth Lakes - with highs of 28°C and lows of 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 Parks Beaches

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary site .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 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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