47 days in California Itinerary

47 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Healdsburg
— 5 nights
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Napa
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
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San Diego — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Carlsbad Food Tours (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, stroll around Ellen Browning Scripps Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder website.

Dakar, Senegal to San Diego is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dakar in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Healdsburg.
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Healdsburg — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Healdsburg to Guerneville to see Armstrong Redwood State Reserve about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and do a tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Healdsburg trip app.

Fly from San Diego to Healdsburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in November: high temperatures in Healdsburg hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Napa.
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Napa — 5 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 St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more). Dedicate the 11th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Robert Biale Vineyards, indulge your taste buds at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, and admire the masterpieces at Hess Persson Estates.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Napa day trip 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, daily temperatures in Napa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, stop by SoMa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning website.

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in November, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 4 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 Tompkins Memorial Trail (in Truckee) and Olympic Valley (Matt Heron Fly Fishing & Five Lakes Creek Trailhead). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, stroll through Mt. Ralston Peak Trail, trek along Mt. Tallac Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe day trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 13°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 7 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.
On the 29th (Tue), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, get great views at Half Dome, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in November, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 5 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.
Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to The Senate in Three Rivers, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Trees Trail, trek along Moro Rock Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 6 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: Santa Monica (26-Mile Bike Path, Bergamot Station, &more) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, engage your brain at California Science Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary planning app.

Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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