30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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St. Helena
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to San Diego
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 3rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary website.

Columbus to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Columbus to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in November, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 64°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

St. Helena

— 4 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Dedicate the 7th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and appreciate the views at Swanson Vineyards Salon.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read St. Helena trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in November since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Four Mile Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from St. Helena, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to San Diego. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Santa Barbara to Ventura to see Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat about 36 minutes away. Dedicate the 23rd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore, and contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Los Angeles

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, &more). Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in November since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 55°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 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.