56 days in California Itinerary

56 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 6 nights
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Palm Springs
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 24th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary app.

Indianapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In November, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Indianapolis - with highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wineries
Highlights from your trip
Alcatraz Island ©
Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf
3.4

6
nights
Napa

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, &more), MacLaren (in Sonoma) and Healdsburg (Ferrari-Carano Winery & Williamson Wines Tasting Room). Dedicate the 29th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, admire the verdant scenery at Swanson Vineyards Salon, learn about winemaking at Clos Pegase Winery, and savor the flavors at Round Pond Estate.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Napa online holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, Napa is slightly colder at night with lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
4.6

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Rocky Creek Bridge (in Big Sur) and Mount Hermon Adventures (in Mount Hermon). The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at Monterey Bay Food Tours, tee off at Cypress Point Golf Club, admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monterey, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Napa to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Napa in December since evenings lows in Monterey dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Point Lobos ©
Must see
Point Lobos
4.9

8
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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. While traveling from Monterey, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Glacier Point ©
Must see
Glacier Point
4.9
Taft Point ©
Must see
Taft Point
4.9
Cathedral Range
Mountain
Cathedral Range
5.0

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, and cruise along Artists Dr.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 56°F and 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip
Titus Canyon ©
Canyon
Titus Canyon
4.7
Dante's View ©
Lookout
Dante's View
4.9
Fall Canyon ©
Canyon
Fall Canyon
4.5

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Solvang (Silk Road Transportation and Wine Tours & Carivintas Winery), Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, learn about winemaking at Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 67°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

7
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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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Palos Verdes Shoreline Park (in Palos Verdes Estates), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Redwood Creek Challenge Trail) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign & Santa Monica Farmers Market). Pack the 29th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Disneyland Park ©
Disney Park / Activity
Disneyland Park
4.2
The Getty Center ©
Specialty Museum
The Getty Center
4.8

6
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Palm Springs

Venture out of the city with trips to Heritage Palms (in Indio), California Overland Desert Excursions (in Borrego Springs) and Joshua Tree National Park (Lost Horse Valley, Ryan Mountain, &more).

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs road trip planning app.

Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.8

7
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: La Jolla Zip Zoom (in Pauma Valley) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
USS Midway Museum ©
Specialty Museum
USS Midway Museum
4.8
Balboa Park ©
Playground
Balboa Park
4.8

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