39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rutherford
— 3 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  22​h
End: Boracay

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to San Gregorio to see San Gregorio State Beach about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through The Castro, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and shop like a local with Union Square.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation builder .

Boracay, Philippines to San Francisco is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Boracay to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Boracay in November: highs in San Francisco hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rutherford.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Vincent Arroyo Winery. When in Rutherford, make a side trip to see Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rutherford online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Rutherford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Rutherford dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

St. Helena, Napa, Oakville, Calistoga, Benziger Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

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.
Get some cultural insight at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Ansel Adams Gallery. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Traveling by car from Rutherford to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Rutherford in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) 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
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Shark Fin Cove. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur--about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Asilomar State Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Carmel hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach, San Carlos Cathedral, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Hillcrest Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, stroll through La Jolla Shores Park, explore the world behind art at Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In December, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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

10
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 some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Manhattan Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Montana Avenue, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the galleries of Avila Adobe, and stroll through Santa Monica State Beach.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation builder tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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