30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
6
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h
End: Lima

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Stout Grove and Redwood National Park. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Point St George Park.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Crescent City visit planner.

Lima, Peru to Crescent City is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Peru Time (PET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Lima in November, expect Crescent City to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trinidad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Vincent Arroyo Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Crescent City to St. Helena in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in November: highs in St. Helena hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Calistoga, Oakville, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and San Gregorio State Beach. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero, and play a few rounds at Presidio Golf Course.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from St. Helena in November, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
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.
Get outdoors at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 24°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
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. On the 20th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then kick back and relax at Marina State Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel vacation planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Marina State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Black's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in November; daily highs in San Diego reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get in touch with nature at Will Rogers State Beach and Oak Canyon Nature Center. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Los Angeles (El Pueblo de Los Angeles & Cabrillo Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, browse the different shops at The Grove, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. November in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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