58 days in California Itinerary

58 days in California Itinerary

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58 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Anaheim
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
10
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Malibu
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  5​h
13
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
14
Glen Ellen
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
15
Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
16
Yountville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

2
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Sonoma Valley and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Cline Cellars, learn about winemaking at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, and finally stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sonoma online trip maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Sonoma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sonoma when traveling from San Francisco in November, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
Napa is known for wineries, nature, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at O'Brien Estate Winery, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and indulge your taste buds at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Napa road trip website .

Napa is just a short distance from Sonoma. In November, daily temperatures in Napa can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Theme Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Napa to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Monterey, with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

2
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
On the 16th (Sat), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, then wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and finally stroll around Shoreline Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in November: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

5
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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Huntington Beach Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anaheim day trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Huntington Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

6
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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, historic sites, childrens museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip site .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In November, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

6
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.
You've now added Taft Point to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Columbia Candy Kitchen (in Columbia) and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum (in Groveland). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, things will get colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 54°F and lows about 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Columbia Candy Kitchen, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of 26-Mile Bike Path, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally take a stroll through Rodeo Drive. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War and then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica road trip website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Santa Monica at 67°F and lows at 50°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Rodeo Drive, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Highlights from your plan
The Wende Museum of the Cold War ©
The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

3
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, historic sites, museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Monica in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 56°F and lows are around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, then take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally walk around Malibu Bluffs Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, then stroll through El Matador State Beach, then kick back and relax at Carbon Beach, and finally gain insight at Pepperdine University.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Malibu visit website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Malibu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect Malibu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve ©

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally make a trip to Healdsburg Plaza. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Gary Farrell Winery, learn about winemaking at Dry Creek Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Ferrari-Carano Winery, then do a tasting at Pech Merle Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at The Meeker Vineyard Tasting Room.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip planner .

Getting from Malibu to Healdsburg by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Healdsburg is slightly colder than Malibu - with highs of 60°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glen Ellen.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Geyserville, Korbel Champagne Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Ferrari-Carano Winery ©
Ferrari-Carano Winery

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Glen Ellen

Glen Ellen ©
Glen Ellen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA. Glen Ellen is known for wineries, nature, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Jack London State Historic Park, learn about winemaking at B.R. Cohn Winery, view the masterpieces at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at 101 North Brewing Company.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Glen Ellen trip planner .

You can drive from Healdsburg to Glen Ellen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Glen Ellen

Wineries Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kenwood, 101 North Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Benziger Family Winery ©
Benziger Family Winery
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Glen Ellen Village Market ©
Glen Ellen Village Market

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Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, then learn about winemaking at Paradise Ridge Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Spring Lake Park and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Rosa trip itinerary planning tool .

Santa Rosa is just a short distance from Glen Ellen. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Yountville.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum
St. Francis Winery and Vineyards ©
St. Francis Winery and Vineyards

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Yountville

Yountville ©
Named after the man responsible for establishing Napa Valley's first vineyard, Yountville is a destination for foodies.
Yountville is known for wineries, museums, parks, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Bell Wine Cellars, indulge your taste buds at Domaine Chandon, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yountville trip builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to Yountville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Yountville sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 35°F at night. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yountville

Wineries Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Frog's Leap Winery, Sterling Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Chandon ©
Domaine Chandon
Bell Wine Cellars ©
Bell Wine Cellars
Cliff Lede Vineyards ©
Cliff Lede Vineyards

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