41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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41 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Crescent City
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Rockaway Beach in Pacifica--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Francisco. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 76°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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. Kids will enjoy Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). There's much more to do: stroll through Asilomar State Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.
Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Carmel in October since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Bring the kids along to Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, California Coastal Trail, & more) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). It doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Redwood Highway.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Trinidad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Trinidad takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Trinidad, with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Redwood Highway
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

1
night
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 15th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground and then hike along Stout Grove.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Crescent City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Trinidad to Crescent City in 1.5 hours. In October in Crescent City, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Crescent City - with highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

8
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

LEGOLAND California
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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