56 days in California Itinerary

56 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 25th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to San Francisco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll gain 13.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, approximately Moss Landing away. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, walk around Jacks Peak County Park, learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours, and admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 6 nights
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: Vincent Arroyo Winery (in Calistoga) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's more to do: sample some tasty brews at Ace It Bike Tours and do a tasting at Ferrari-Carano Winery.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg online route planner.

Getting from Carmel to Healdsburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Napa

— 6 nights

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.
Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga) and St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more). Dedicate the 6th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Inglenook and get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Napa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 5 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Venture out of the city with trips to Five Lakes Creek Trailhead (in Olympic Valley) and Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fallen Leaf Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Napa to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Napa in November, expect South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 nights
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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in November, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 6 nights

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are much warmer (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Diego

— 7 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 7 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles travel tool.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.