13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, trek along Lands End, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Montreal in July, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and finally make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online travel planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online trip maker.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego visit planning tool.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect nights in San Diego to be a bit cooler, around 23°C, while days are colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ©
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
On the 29th (Mon), kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Barbara: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room ©
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room

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