39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Lima

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and Baker Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Limantour Beach, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

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Lima, Peru to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Lima to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Lima in October, San Francisco is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

9
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 Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, cruise along Tioga Pass, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. On the 2nd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, explore and take pictures at Pie Ranch, and then visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pescadero online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Pescadero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in Pescadero hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ano Nuevo State Reserve ©
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Pigeon Point Light Station ©
Pigeon Point Light Station
Pie Ranch ©
Pie Ranch

4
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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to San Simeon to see Hearst Castle about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel travel tool .

Traveling by car from Pescadero to Carmel takes 2 hours. In November in Carmel, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Marston House Museum. USS Midway Museum and Old Point Loma Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Oceanside to see Oceanside Pier about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in November, with highs in San Diego at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). Pack the 20th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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