31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
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Healdsburg
— 3 nights
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Tahoe City
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stop by City Lights Booksellers, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Wittenberg and then take an exotic tour of Point Reyes Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): do a tasting at Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and finally stop by Petaluma Seed Bank.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Point Reyes National Seashore itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore in 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, Point Reyes National Seashore is little chillier at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Calistoga (Vincent Arroyo Winery & Sharpsteen Museum) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Point Reyes National Seashore to Healdsburg in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Healdsburg are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Tahoe City

— 4 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Explore Tahoe City's surroundings by going to Truckee (Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, Tahoe Donner, &more). The adventure continues: glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads, stroll through Homewood Mountain Resort, and play a few rounds at Old Brockway Golf Course.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tahoe City trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Healdsburg to Tahoe City by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Healdsburg in January, you will find days in Tahoe City are slightly colder (41°F), and nights are colder (16°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 23rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 70°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego route planning website.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.