29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
San Andreas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, get curious at Exploratorium, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 64°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Santa Rosa

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
On the 20th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Harvest Moon Winery, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Rosa vacation planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Rosa, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Tours Wineries

Side Trip

Healdsburg
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Harvest Moon Winery ©
Harvest Moon Winery

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Bell Wine Cellars, then do a tasting at Darioush Winery, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena holiday planner .

Drive from Santa Rosa to St. Helena in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in St. Helena can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Bell Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 23rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, and then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz journey planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, stroll through Mt. Whitney, and don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip website .

Getting from Santa Cruz to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In November in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to San Andreas.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney

1
night
San Andreas

San Andreas
San Andreas is an unincorporated census-designated place and the county seat of Calaveras County, California. For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Andreas trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Andreas with the Route module. November in San Andreas sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 38°F at night. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in San Andreas

Parks Outdoors Golf

5
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.
Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Andreas to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than San Andreas - with highs of 54°F and lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 4th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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