31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Truckee
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Istanbul

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.
Get in touch with nature at San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, stroll through Children's Pool, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planning site .

Istanbul, Turkey to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Istanbul to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in November, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Visiting Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will get you outdoors. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at North Dome, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C and lows are around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Tahoe Donner and Truckee Bike Park. The adventure continues: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, play a few rounds at Tahoe Donner Golf Course, and grab your bike and head to Northstar Ski Resort.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Truckee trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Truckee by car takes about 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Truckee are 11°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Tahoe Cross Country
Highlights from your plan
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Northstar Ski Resort ©
Northstar Ski Resort
Tahoe Donner Golf Course ©
Tahoe Donner Golf Course

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Giant Forest and Manzanar National Historic Site. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour planner .

Traveling by car from Truckee to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Truckee in November; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 22°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

1
night
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 4th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December, Carmel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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