26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
San Diego
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
San Francisco
— 4 nights
— 5 nights


Los Angeles — 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market) and Anaheim (Room Escape Games, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, &more). Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, shop like a local with The Grove, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. November in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Side Trips

San Diego — 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. November in San Diego sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to fly to Monterey.
Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Side Trip

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip site.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in November, things will get slightly colder in Monterey: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours
Side Trips

Yosemite National Park — 5 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, stroll through Mariposa Grove, and hike along Four Mile Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning app.

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are much hotter (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Napa.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums

Napa — 5 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more) and Calistoga (Schramsberg Vineyards & Clos Pegase Winery). Dedicate the 1st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: stroll around Sonoma Plaza, savor the flavors at Swanson Vineyards Salon, learn about winemaking at Cosentino Winery, and steep yourself in history at Lachryma Montis.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Napa journey planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Napa, with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.