23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moss Landing
— 2 nights
Drive
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Davenport
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Healdsburg
Drive
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Guerneville
Drive
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Napa
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 5 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, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Half Dome, walk around Mariposa Grove, stroll through Lembert Dome, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

New York City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. You've added Carmel Plaza, Dawn's Dream Winery, Silvestri Vineyards, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sun), do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, join in the after-dark buzz at Silvestri Vineyards, see South Bay Surf Lessons, then look for gifts at Trio Carmel, then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and finally do a tasting at Scheid Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk, then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Expect much hotter evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Shopping · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay as well as Monterey Bay Kayaks. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the activities along Monterey Bay, take a tour by water with Monterey Bay Kayaks, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and finally kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain a rich perspective with Monterey Bay Food Tours and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning app.

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Limekiln State Park. On the 7th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, take in the views from Rocky Creek Bridge, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then shop like a local with Hawthorne Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Big Sur are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Moss Landing.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Moss Landing

— 2 nights
Moss Landing is a census designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. On the 9th (Sat), kick back and relax at Zmudowski State Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Pezzini Farms, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moss Landing State Beach. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Shakespeare Society of America, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista, and finally stroll around San Juan Bautista State Historic Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Moss Landing trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to Moss Landing in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in October, you will find days in Moss Landing are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Davenport.

Things to do in Moss Landing

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Davenport

— 1 night
Davenport is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): experience rural life at Swanton Berry Farm, kick back and relax at Davenport Landing Beach, then explore and take pictures at Shark Fin Cove, and finally do a tasting at Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Davenport road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Moss Landing to Davenport takes an hour. In October in Davenport, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Davenport

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Japanese Tea Garden as well as Oracle Park. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): catch a live event at Oracle Park, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Lombard Street, then take some stellar pictures from Battery Spencer, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary website.

Getting from Davenport to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Helena

— 3 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
St. Helena is known for wineries, classes, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Healdsburg trip builder website.

You can drive from St. Helena to Healdsburg in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You'll set off for Guerneville on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Guerneville

Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Guerneville day trip website.

Guerneville is just a short distance from Healdsburg. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. You'll set off for Napa on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Guerneville

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Napa

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Domaine Carneros as well as Napa Valley Wine Country Tours. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): do a tasting at Domaine Carneros and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and finally catch a ride with Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Napa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Guerneville to Napa takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.