31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

6
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 a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Shop till you drop at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Montana Avenue. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

3
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Oxnard Beach Park and San Buenaventura State Beach. Step out of Santa Barbara with an excursion to Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore in Camarillo--about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach and do a tasting at Summerland Winery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Summerland Winery, Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore, San Buenaventura State Beach, Oxnard Beach Park, Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Santa Barbara in December, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Lovers Point. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Big Sur to see Pfeiffer State Beach about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In December, Monterey is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. On the 29th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 14°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel

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