43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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43 days in California Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
5
Pacific Grove
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through SoMa, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco route maker tool .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to San Francisco is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 11 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery. On your second day here, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Vincent Arroyo Winery, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the St. Helena trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in St. Helena hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Calistoga, Robert Mondavi Winery, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Benziger Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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 30th (Tue), stroll through Bean Hollow State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

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You can drive from St. Helena to Pescadero in 2.5 hours. When traveling from St. Helena in October, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Pescadero: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Pescadero

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach

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.
Head to Yosemite Museum Gallery and El Portal Marketfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Pescadero to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Pescadero, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pacific Grove.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

El Portal Market
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove ©
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Pacific Grove side-trips: New Brighton State Beach (in Capitola) and Santa Cruz Harbor Beach (in Santa Cruz). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Del Monte Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pacific Grove trip website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Pacific Grove in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, expect nights in Pacific Grove to be warmer, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Shores Park, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Pacific Grove to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In November, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Pacific Grove - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Third Street Promenade, & more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and contemplate the long history of Avila Adobe.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum, 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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