43 days in California & Florida Itinerary

43 days in California & Florida Itinerary

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43 days in California & Florida Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Pescadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h
6
Key West
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
7
Big Pine Key
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Miami
— 5 nights
foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

6
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 Union Square. Get in touch with nature at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to San Francisco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 16 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, with highs in San Francisco at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Rodeo Beach, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Appreciate the collections at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Nature Center at Happy Isles and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach and then kick back and relax at San Gregorio State Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Pescadero route builder tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Pescadero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect much hotter evenings in Pescadero when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Pescadero State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach

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. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater, kick back and relax at Del Monte Beach, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Pescadero to Carmel takes 2 hours. While traveling from Pescadero, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in September; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

4
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Let the collections at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fort Zachary Taylor. Spend the 10th (Wed) airborne with a parasailing or paragliding tour. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with Fun In The Sun Key West, identify plant and animal life at Vandenberg Wreck, look for gifts at De La Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Truman Little White House.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Key West route maker app .

You can fly from San Diego to Key West in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in October, with highs in Key West at 35°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Big Pine Key.

Things to do in Key West

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

1
night
Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key ©
Big Pine Key is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, United States, on an island of the same name in the Florida Keys. On the 12th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at National Key Deer Refuge, identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Big Pine Key travel planner .

Traveling by car from Key West to Big Pine Key takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Big Pine Key

#Parks, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©

5
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aventura Mall and Lincoln Road. Take a break from the city and head to Shark Valley and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Explore Miami's surroundings by going to Everglades National Park (Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail & Anhinga Trail) and DSW Shoe Warehouse (in Aventura). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haulover Beach Park, browse the different shops at Village of Merrick Park, and head outdoors with Pangaea Explorations.

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

Getting from Big Pine Key to Miami by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Miami

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Everglades National Park, Aventura, Miami Beach, Haulover Beach Park, Village of Merrick Park
Highlights from your plan
South Beach ©
South Beach
Aventura Mall ©
Aventura Mall
Haulover Beach Park ©
Haulover Beach 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Amoeba Music and Hollywood & Highland. Take a break from the city and head to Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Venture out of the city with trips to Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get engrossed in the history at Avila Adobe, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and stroll through Santa Monica State Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday maker website .

Traveling by combination of tram and flight from Miami to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in October, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 19°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Museums, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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