23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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Arcata
— 1 night
Drive
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Eureka
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bodega Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Simi Valley
— 2 nights
Fly
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Half Moon Bay
— 2 nights

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Arcata — 1 night

Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. On the 18th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Community Forest, then admire the majestic nature at Clam Beach County Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arcata trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Arcata. In September in Arcata, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Eureka.
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Eureka — 1 night

Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 19th (Mon), don't miss a visit to The Victorian Village of Ferndale, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Ferndale Historic Cemetery, then do a tasting at Clendenen's Cider Works, and finally take a memorable drive along Redwood Highway. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Sequoia Park Zoo, then stop by Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, then make a trip to Old Town Eureka, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Carson Mansion.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Eureka online tour planner.

Eureka is just a stone's throw from Arcata. In September, daily temperatures in Eureka can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 4 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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 23rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker site.

Fly from Eureka to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Eureka in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 85°F and lows about 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 3 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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego travel website.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bodega Bay.
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Bodega Bay — 2 nights

Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. On the 28th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Fort Ross State Historic Park and then learn about winemaking at Sonoma Coast Vineyards. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach, learn about winemaking at Iron Horse Vineyards, then do a tasting at Dutton Goldfield Winery, and finally stroll through Bodega Head.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bodega Bay itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from San Diego to Bodega Bay in 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in September since evenings lows in Bodega Bay dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.
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Carmel — 2 nights

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 30th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel Beach, then take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk, and finally stroll through Scenic Road Walkway.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bodega Bay to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bodega Bay in September, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.
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Big Sur — 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then take in the views from Rocky Creek Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, don't miss a visit to Ragged Point Overlook, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, and finally kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Piedras Blancas, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Vista Point, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Simi Valley.
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Simi Valley — 2 nights

The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Strathearn Historical Park & Museum, get your bearings at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and then relax in the rural setting at Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach, kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, and then make a trip to Malibu Pier.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Simi Valley online itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Simi Valley in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Simi Valley, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Half Moon Bay.
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Half Moon Bay — 2 nights

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Filoli, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, then kick back and relax at Pescadero State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Half Moon Bay trip planner.

You can fly from Simi Valley to Half Moon Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Simi Valley in October: high temperatures in Half Moon Bay hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F.
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California travel guide

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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.
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