34 days in California Itinerary

34 days in California Itinerary

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34 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Change things up with a short trip to South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, stroll through La Jolla Shores Park, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego holiday maker .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newark in October: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 78°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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 some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach), Angelino Heights Historic Area (in Los Angeles) and Malibu (Nicholas Canyon Beach & Zuma Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica tour planning website .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

8
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 Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Four Mile Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

Getting from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Santa Monica in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are colder with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
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. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Asilomar State Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Breakwater, and do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Breakwater, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Vincent Arroyo Winery, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena attractions planner.

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in St. Helena to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Oakville, Calistoga, Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Union Square, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planner .

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. When traveling from St. Helena in October, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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