42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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Malibu
— 3 nights
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Morro Bay
— 8 nights
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Castro Valley
— 6 nights
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Point Arena
— 2 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 6 nights
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Ukiah
— 3 nights
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Eureka
— 4 nights
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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Crescent City
— 4 nights
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Malibu

— 3 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Get out of town with these interesting Malibu side-trips: Leonis Adobe Museum (in Calabasas), Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Malibu Wine Safaris, kick back and relax at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, stroll through Zuma Beach, and examine the collection at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Malibu road trip website.

Los Angeles to Malibu is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Malibu hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Morro Bay

— 8 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morro Bay: Paso Robles (J Dusi Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings), San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, Piedras Blancas, &more) and Stepladder Ranch & Creamery (in Cambria). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Malibu to Morro Bay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Malibu in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Morro Bay, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Castro Valley.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 3:

Castro Valley

— 6 nights
Castro Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Alameda County, California, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Castro Valley side-trips: Fremont (Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge & Mission Peak Regional Preserve), Moraga Art Gallery (in Moraga) and Half Moon Bay (Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail & Half Moon Bay State Beach). There's lots more to do: walk around Anthony Chabot Regional Park, see the interesting displays at Lawrence Livermore National Lab Discovery Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Creek Nature Center, and revel in the low prices at San Francisco Premium Outlets.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Castro Valley day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Castro Valley takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Morro Bay in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Castro Valley: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in Castro Valley

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:

Point Arena

— 2 nights
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at B Bryan Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Gualala Point Regional Park, get some jogging in at Walk On Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sea Ranch Chapel.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Point Arena day trip planner.

You can drive from Castro Valley to Point Arena in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Castro Valley in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 41°F in Point Arena. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Point Arena

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Fort Bragg

— 6 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Fort Bragg is known for beaches, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Glass Beach, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, see the interesting displays at Sea Glass Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fort Bragg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Point Arena to Fort Bragg in 1.5 hours. November in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ukiah.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:

Ukiah

— 3 nights
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Change things up with these side-trips from Ukiah: Eyes of the Wild (in Lakeport), Wine Cube Tours (in Cloverdale) and Philo (Lula Cellars & Toulouse Vineyards). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Parducci Wine Cellars.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ukiah trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Fort Bragg to Ukiah by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Ukiah are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Eureka

— 4 nights
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Get out of town with these interesting Eureka side-trips: Ferndale (Lost Coast Scenic Drive & The Victorian Village of Ferndale), Patrick's Point State Park (in Trinidad) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Redwood Highway, kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, do a tasting at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, and stroll the grounds of Ferndale Historic Cemetery.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Eureka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ukiah to Eureka in 3 hours. When traveling from Ukiah in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Eureka: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove and then hike along California Coastal Trail.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park tour website.

You can drive from Eureka to Redwood National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Crescent City

— 4 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Venture out of the city with trips to Harris Beach State Park (in Brookings) and The Mary D Hume (in Gold Beach). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, trek along Stout Grove, and explore and take pictures at Howland Hill Road.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Crescent City trip maker app.

Drive from Redwood National Park to Crescent City in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Crescent City are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

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.

Mendocino County travel guide

4.5
Beaches · State Parks · Scenic Walking Areas
Endowed with a dramatic and undeveloped coast and forests of towering redwood trees, Mendocino County draws residents of the San Francisco Bay Area looking for a peaceful vacation. Tranquil sand beaches backed by cliffs offer prime sunset viewing. State parks present scenic hiking and biking options, and wineries serve up fine California vintages. Mendocino County's nutrient-rich soil has also made it a leading area for the cultivation of marijuana--much of which goes to Bay Area medical cannabis dispensaries--and the area has a reputation for brewing fine craft beers. The county also contains numerous points of historical interest, including lighthouses on the coast and museums detailing the region's past. In Mendocino's easygoing towns, you'll encounter small art galleries and charming boutiques.