59 days in California Itinerary

59 days in California Itinerary

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59 days in California Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 15 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 5 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 13 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 13 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 11 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Edinburgh

15
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Dedicate the 8th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a memorable ride with Cable Cars.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Edinburgh, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in October, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa), Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Sonoma (Mission San Francisco Solano & Sonoma Plaza). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards and identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read St. Helena trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in October since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Calistoga, Sonoma, Wine Tours & Tastings, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

13
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. In October, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than St. Helena - with highs of 21°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

13
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and admire the natural beauty at The Japanese Garden.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

11
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage (in Encinitas) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). Pack the 22nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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