27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 17 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: San Jose

17
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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard or Amoeba Music. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center, & more) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Santa Monica Mountains, & more). Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

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

San Jose, Costa Rica to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Jose to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Los Angeles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
For shopping fun, head to Yosemite Museum Gallery or Ansel Adams Gallery. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to June Lake and see June Lake Brewing, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in November; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 14°C and lows reach -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

June Lake Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Union Square, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
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 29th (Fri), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then trek along Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Carmel online vacation planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in November, with highs in San Diego at 26°C and lows at 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego Air & Space Museum ©
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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