57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

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57 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Guerneville
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Crescent City
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Carmichael
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 11 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
San Diego
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Santa Monica
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: London

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Point Reyes Seashore National Park (in Point Reyes Station). Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

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London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Guerneville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands, Rodeo Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

2
nights
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Tomales Bay State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Guerneville in 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, Guerneville is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Guerneville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tomales Bay State Park, Safari West, Gracianna Winery
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Tomales Bay State Park ©
Tomales Bay State Park

5
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Visiting Stout Grove and Enderts Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & California Coastal Trail), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (in Orick) and Klamath River (in Klamath). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground and examine the collection at Trees of Mystery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Crescent City online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Guerneville to Crescent City by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. When traveling from Guerneville in October, plan for slightly colder days in Crescent City, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Carmichael.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Klamath, Humboldt Lagoons State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

5
nights
Carmichael

Carmichael ©
Carmichael is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sacramento County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at West Coast Falconry and Pope Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmichael: Beals Point (in Folsom), Vikingsholm (in South Lake Tahoe) and Amador 360 Winery Collective (in Plymouth). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, admire the landmark architecture of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmichael online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Crescent City to Carmichael by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Crescent City in October, expect nights in Carmichael to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmichael

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Beals Point, Emerald Bay State Park, Amador 360 Winery Collective
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Taft Point. On the 30th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmichael to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Carmichael in October, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 21°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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 4th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in San Simeon hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

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

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On the next day, stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in November, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

9
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. Pack the 13th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: stroll through San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in November, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Cabrillo Tide Pools ©
Cabrillo Tide Pools

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 Santa Monica Mountains and Topanga State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Los Angeles (Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Monica online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

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