50 days in California Itinerary

50 days in California Itinerary

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50 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mendocino
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Yountville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Bus:  5​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 17th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 15 hours. In December, San Francisco is cooler than Bangkok - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

5
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the majestic nature at Fort Ross State Historic Park, and learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Guerneville, Bodega Head, Dutton Goldfield Winery, VJB Cellars, Fort Ross State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

3
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mendocino: Philo (Navarro Vineyards & Lula Cellars). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mendocino Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendocino Headlands State Park, and steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mendocino road trip website .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Mendocino takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mendocino are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yountville.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Fort Bragg
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Big River ©
Big River

2
nights
Yountville

Yountville ©
Named after the man responsible for establishing Napa Valley's first vineyard, Yountville is a destination for foodies.
On the 29th (Sat), do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Benziger Family Winery, and finally don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at Bell Wine Cellars, then take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and finally explore and take pictures at Sonoma Plaza.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yountville online travel planner .

Getting from Mendocino to Yountville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Yountville sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yountville

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, Oakville, St. Helena, Benziger Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Bell Wine Cellars ©
Bell Wine Cellars

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Pfeiffer State Beach, & more). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Yountville to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yountville in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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.
Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, and hike along Congress Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Carmel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

8
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.
On the 11th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail ©
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

8
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 find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 18th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, wander the streets of Leimert Park Village, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In January, Los Angeles is warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica 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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Children's Pool, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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