39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 8 nights
2
Rutherford
— 3 nights
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
5
San Diego
— 6 nights
6
Los Angeles
— 10 nights

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to San Gregorio to see San Gregorio State Beach about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Chinatown, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and stop by Marina District.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning app.

Boracay, Philippines to San Francisco is an approximately 21-hour combination of ferry and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Boracay to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boracay in November, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 20°C, while nights are colder with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive 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
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Rutherford to Glen Ellen to see Benziger Family Winery about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Rutherford tour itinerary app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Rutherford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rutherford when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 2°C. Finish 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, Calistoga, Oakville, Benziger Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery

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.
Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Rutherford to Yosemite National Park in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Rutherford in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are colder with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus 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. Visit Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur) and Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Carmel, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 19°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach, Shark Fin Cove, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Diego using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 23°C and lows reach 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 · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Venice Canals Walkway. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Station. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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