31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Manchester

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Take a break from the city and head to Twin Peaks and San Gregorio State Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning site .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. In November, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Sonoma Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, & more) and Calistoga (Schramsberg Vineyards & Vincent Arroyo Winery). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Petaluma Seed Bank, learn about winemaking at Bell Wine Cellars, and don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg visit app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in November since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Calistoga, Bell Wine Cellars, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at North Dome and McGurk Meadow. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in November, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 14°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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 outdoors at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Popular historic sites such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Bergamot Station, & more) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, take in a show at Melrose Trading Post, and catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach
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

5
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 Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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