35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve for some beach relaxation. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and shop like a local with Union Square.

Make your San Francisco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Rodeo Beach, Rockaway Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Bodega Head. Visiting Sonoma Coast State Beach and Goat Rock Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga) and St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, V. Sattui Winery, & more). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in November since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Healdsburg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Head, Schooner Gulch State Beach, Schramsberg Vineyards
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally enjoy the sea views from Point Cabrillo Light Station. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Mendocino Coast, steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glass Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Healdsburg to Fort Bragg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Fort Bragg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

1
night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Bean Hollow State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pescadero trip planning tool .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Pescadero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Pescadero, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach

3
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. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Dawn's Dream Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, stroll through Garland Ranch Regional Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carmel online trip maker .

You can drive from Pescadero to Carmel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Garland Ranch Regional Park
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

8
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 some historical perspective at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Visiting Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see El Portal Market in El Portal, approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, cruise along Tioga Pass, and hike along Four Mile Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

El Portal Market
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Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Malibu (Zuma Beach & Nicholas Canyon Beach). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Del Rey Beach, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in Santa Monica are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach
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Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

6
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.
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will appeal to history buffs. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stroll through La Jolla Shores Park, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego journey planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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