27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

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Drive to Spokane International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Healdsburg
— 4 nights
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Napa
— 4 nights
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Spokane International Airport, Drive to Pasco

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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 4th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then shop like a local with Carmel Art Association.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip builder app.

Pasco to Carmel is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Pasco in November, things will get a bit warmer in Carmel: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mission Beach Park, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in November, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica State Beach and Royal Palms State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Station. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, shop like a local with The Grove, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in November, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Visiting Glacier Point and Four Mile Trail will get you outdoors. Explore Mammoth Lakes' surroundings by going to Yosemite National Park (Valley View, Half Dome, &more).

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes online trip builder.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, temps between 54°F and 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, stop by SoMa, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel planning site.

Fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Healdsburg

— 4 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Escape the urban bustle at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Head to Petaluma Seed Bank and Patrick Amiotfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino) and Kenwood (VJB Cellars & B. Wise Vineyards). It doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Healdsburg, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa

— 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Oxbow Public Market and Mumm Napa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, &more). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Cliff Lede Vineyards, and admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Napa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.