55 days in California Itinerary

55 days in California Itinerary

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55 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
4
Crescent City
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 11 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h
7
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: San Diego

8
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.
USS Midway Museum and Timken Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Moonlight Beach (in Encinitas). There's much more to do: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego road trip planning website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Diego. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Visiting Laguna Beach and Crystal Cove will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Huntington Dog Beach and Main Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Laguna Beach: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center).

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Laguna Beach trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Laguna Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in January, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Huntington Dog Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Huntington Dog Beach ©
Huntington Dog Beach
Main Beach ©
Main Beach

8
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach), Los Angeles (Griffith Observatory, Hollywood & Highland, & more) and Zuma Beach (in Malibu). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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

You can drive from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and tram; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier, Zuma Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

6
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get in touch with nature at Enderts Beach and Moonstone Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Crescent City: Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Redwood National Park), Old Town Eureka (in Eureka) and Klamath River (in Klamath). There's much more to do: trek along Stout Grove, see the interesting displays at Trees of Mystery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinidad State Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Crescent City tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to Crescent City by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Monica in February: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 54°F and lows are around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trinidad, Klamath, Old Town Eureka
Highlights from your plan
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Montara State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay), Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Crescent City to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Crescent City in February, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Bean Hollow State Beach, Point Isabel, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

11
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, stroll through Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 19°F, while days are little chillier, around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Friends of Hearst Castle.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect much hotter with lows of 49°F in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

6
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. Visit Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cannery Row. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek), Seacliff State Beach (in Aptos) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and stroll through Marina State Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary website .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Monterey, Moss Landing State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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