43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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43 days in California Itinerary

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

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 Children's Pool. Step out of the city life by going to Mission Beach Park and La Jolla Shores Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Black's Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in September, things will get a bit cooler in San Diego: highs are around 79°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
Visiting Will Rogers State Beach and Zuma Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Bergamot Station, & more). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, kick back and relax at Playa Del Rey Beach, and stroll through Cabrillo Beach.

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

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Zuma Beach, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Taft Point. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Lembert Dome, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get outdoors at Asilomar State Beach and Del Monte Beach. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Breakwater, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel holiday website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pescadero travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Carmel to Pescadero in 2 hours. October in Pescadero sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Pescadero

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

4
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. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Stout Grove (in Crescent City), Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (in Carlotta) and Trillium Falls Hike (in Redwood National Park).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Trinidad trip itinerary builder site .

Explore your travel options from Pescadero to Trinidad with the Route module. Traveling from Pescadero in October, expect Trinidad to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Trinidad

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, Stout Grove
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Step out of the city life by going to Glass Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seaside Beach and Pudding Creek Beach. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach, contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and explore the activities along Big River.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg travel planner .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Trinidad in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. Relax by the water at Marshall’s Beach and Rockaway Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Oxbow Public Market (in Napa), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in October, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Rockaway Beach, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Rodeo Beach, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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