30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Crescent City
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to General Sherman Tree and then walk around Slick Rock Recreation Area. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then hike along Moro Rock Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation maker site.

Columbus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in November, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Black Point Fissures in Mono Hot Springs--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, cruise along Tioga Pass, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

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You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and finally take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 66°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:

Palm Springs

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road Tours and Indian Canyons. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Balloon Rides (in Temecula), The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs).

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in November, with highs in Palm Springs at 79°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

San Diego

— 5 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 off the beaten path and head to Lions, Tigers & Bears and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Escondido (Eagle Crest Golf Club & San Diego Zoo Safari Park) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island, enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and stroll around La Jolla Shores Park.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip site.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in November, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

Santa Barbara

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. Go for a jaunt from Santa Barbara to Camarillo to see Camarillo Premium Outlets about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, view the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Art Glass, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary app.

You can fly from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in November since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 19th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip site.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 40°F in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

Carmel

— 3 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip site.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in November, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Crescent City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Crescent City

— 3 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stout Grove and Tolowa Dunes State Park. Step out of Crescent City with an excursion to Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial in Klamath--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Battery Point Lighthouse, delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Brother Jonathan Cemetery.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Crescent City day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Crescent City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carmel in November: highs in Crescent City hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and San Francisco Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Gary Farrell Winery (in Healdsburg), Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Napa (Domaine Carneros & Balloon Rides). Dedicate the 27th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Crescent City - with highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

California travel guide

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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.