31 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Palm Desert
— 3 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 1 night
Fly
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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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 out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour planner.

Monterrey, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Palm Desert.
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Palm Desert — 3 nights

Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Explore Palm Desert's surroundings by going to California Overland Desert Excursions (in Borrego Springs) and Joshua Tree National Park (Eureka Peak, Lost Palms Oasis Trail, &more). The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours, make a trip to Desert Holocaust Memorial, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Ancient Wonders.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Desert trip app.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Desert takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in November, you will find days in Palm Desert are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Crescent City.
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Crescent City — 1 night

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach, trek along Stout Grove, and then visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Crescent City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Palm Desert to Crescent City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Palm Desert in November: highs in Crescent City hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.
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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.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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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, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and stroll around Mariposa Grove.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Death Valley National Park (Mosaic Canyon & Darwin Falls). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, and explore the fascinating underground world of Crystal Cave.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planning app.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.
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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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more) and Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica). Pack the 20th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly back 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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