54 days in California Itinerary

54 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Napa
— 6 nights
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North Highlands
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Palm Springs
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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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 13th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company, and stop by Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to San Francisco is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cape Town to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in November, with highs in San Francisco at 20°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.
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Napa — 6 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 (Pride Mountain Vineyards, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, &more), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and Calistoga (Clos Pegase Winery & Vincent Arroyo Winery). Dedicate the 16th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: walk around Sonoma Plaza, learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, indulge your taste buds at Swanson Vineyards Salon, and admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Napa trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Napa, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to North Highlands.
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 21:

North Highlands — 3 nights

North Highlands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sacramento County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near North Highlands: Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (in Colusa), El Dorado Hills (Promontory Park & Dry Diggings Distillery) and Folsom Prison Museum (in Folsom). The adventure continues: admire the engineering at Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery and engage your brain at Aerospace Museum of California.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our North Highlands online travel route builder.

You can drive from Napa to North Highlands in 1.5 hours. November in North Highlands sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, and trek along Four Mile Trail.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from North Highlands to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from North Highlands in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.
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Monterey — 5 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Take a break from Monterey with a short trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Monterey are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are much warmer (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang), Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (in Ojai) and Foxen Vineyard & Winery (in Santa Maria). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip builder.

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station), Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and get engrossed in the history at Japanese American National Museum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation builder app.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Los Angeles. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 5 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Joshua Tree National Park (Ryan Mountain, Keys View, &more) and California Overland Desert Excursions (in Borrego Springs).

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Palm Springs attractions planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 7 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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego route builder app.

Getting from Palm Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling 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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