53 days in California Itinerary

53 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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San Francisco
— 43 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights

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San Francisco — 43 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Yountville (Cliff Lede Vineyards, Goosecross Cellars, &more), Oakville (B Cellars Vineyards and Winery & Robert Mondavi Winery) and Napa (Trinitas Cellars, Judd's Hill MicroCrush, &more). Dedicate the 16th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Los Angeles — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anaheim.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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Anaheim — 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In November in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.
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Theme Parks
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Santa Monica — 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
On the 29th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally find something for the whole family at Pacific Park. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, then take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, then go for a walk through Historic Lily pond, and finally browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Santa Monica takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of bus and tram. When traveling from Anaheim in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Monica, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 2 nights

The American Riviera

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 1st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Santa Barbara.
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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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