44 days in California & Virginia Itinerary

44 days in California & Virginia Itinerary

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Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Avalon, Catalina Island
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Ventura
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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Marysville
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Alexandria
— 7 nights
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Smithfield
— 1 night

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Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Borrego Art Institute and International Banana Museum. Step out of the city life by going to California Overland Desert Excursions and Salton Sea. Go for a jaunt from Borrego Springs to Pauma Valley to see La Jolla Zip Zoom about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail, explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Borrego Springs using our trip planner.

Virginia Beach to Borrego Springs is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Virginia Beach to Borrego Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Virginia Beach in November, you will find days in Borrego Springs are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
California Overland Desert Excursions ©
California Overland Desert Excursions
La Jolla Zip Zoom ©
La Jolla Zip Zoom
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Trident Divers, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Loma.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Diego itinerary planner.

You can drive from Borrego Springs to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Borrego Springs in November, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Avalon.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

1
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Avalon, Catalina Island

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see Catalina Island Company, then indulge in some culinary diversions at Catalina Food Tours, then admire the masterpieces at Catalina Island Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Catalina Room Escape.

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

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Diego to Avalon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Avalon, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Avalon

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Catalina Food Tours ©
Catalina Food Tours
Catalina Island Museum ©
Catalina Island Museum
Catalina Room Escape ©
Catalina Room Escape

5
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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Your inner history buff will appreciate BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Santa Monica Pier. Venture out of the city with trips to Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (in Laguna Beach). The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Santa Monica Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Avalon to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and tram; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Avalon in November, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street Underpass will appeal to history buffs. Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Ventura's surroundings by going to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (in Camarillo). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, learn about winemaking at Four Brix Winery, stop by Ventura Harbor Village, and walk around Serra Cross Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ventura road trip website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Ventura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in November, plan for slightly colder days in Ventura, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Ventura

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat ©
Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Visiting Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Giant Forest will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Cedar Grove Visitor Center and General Sherman Tree. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moro Rock Trail, explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ventura to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Ventura in November, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, hike along Mariposa Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday builder website.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 54°F, while nights are colder with lows around 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Marysville.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Marysville

Marysville ©
Marysville is the county seat of Yuba County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Bourne Cottage, admire the majestic nature at Empire Mine State Historic Park, and then contemplate the long history of Bourn House. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at West Coast Falconry, then contemplate the long history of Chinese Temple, and then take in panoramic vistas at Lake Oroville Visitors Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marysville driving holiday planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Marysville. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Marysville: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Marysville

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Empire Mine State Historic Park ©
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Chinese Temple ©
Chinese Temple

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Legion of Honor. Escape the urban bustle at Sonoma Canopy Tours and Tule Elk Preserve. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga), Mumm Napa (in Rutherford) and Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Marysville to San Francisco in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Marysville in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 51°F in San Francisco. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Alexandria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Sonoma Canopy Tours ©
Sonoma Canopy Tours

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Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of the Marine Corps and Arlington National Cemetery. You'll explore and learn at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Fort Ward Museum and Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Alexandria: Mountaintop Ranch Wilderness Trail Rides (in Elkton), Luray Caverns (in Luray) and Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Presbyterian Meeting House, take a stroll through Old Town, and admire the striking features of George Washington's Mount Vernon.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alexandria planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Alexandria in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Alexandria, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Alexandria to be little chillier, temps between 51°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Smithfield.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Museum of the Marine Corps
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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Smithfield

Smithfield ©
Smithfield is a town in Isle of Wight County, in the South Hampton Roads subregion of the Hampton Roads region of Virginia in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for gifts at The Christmas Store, steep yourself in history at Bacon's Castle, and then immerse yourself in nature at Chippokes Plantation State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Isle of Wight County Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum, and then walk around Windsor Castle Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Smithfield journey planner.

Traveling by car from Alexandria to Smithfield takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Smithfield are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Smithfield

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum ©
St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum
Isle of Wight County Museum ©
Isle of Wight County Museum
Bacon's Castle ©
Bacon's Castle

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