30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Auckland

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Limantour Beach and China Beach. Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and stop by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Auckland Central in November since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. We've included these beaches for you: Gualala Point Regional Park and Schooner Gulch State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Healdsburg: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Navarro Vineyards & Winery (in Philo). It doesn't end there: stop by Big John's Market and do a tasting at Cast Wines.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in November since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Cast Wines, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Navarro Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

4
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.
Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Panorama Trail, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route maker website .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Healdsburg in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (13°C), and nights are colder (-8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
nights
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Head to The Cheese Shop and Del Monte Shopping Centerfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel holiday maker tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, expect nights in Carmel to be much warmer, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Step out of the city life by going to Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Get a sense of the local culture at Friends of Hearst Castle and J Dusi Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Bay (Morro Rock, Morro Bay National Estuary, & more) and San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery, Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, & more). It doesn't end there: get a taste of life in the country at Pasolivo Olive Oil and learn about winemaking at Parrish Family Vineyard.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paso Robles trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Paso Robles when traveling from Carmel in November, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Get some cultural insight at State Street and Carhartt Vineyard. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Olivos (Global Gardens & tercero wines) and Bart's Books (in Ojai). The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, do a tasting at Kunin Wines, enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach, and look for gifts at Chocolate Maya.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paso Robles in November, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Bart's Books, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Santa Monica Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in November; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 14°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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