19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Syracuse

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning website .

Syracuse to San Diego is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Syracuse to San Diego. While traveling from Syracuse, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

4
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Get a sense of the local culture at Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Montana Avenue about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance, and stop by Amoeba Music.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles journey maker website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

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Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect colder with lows of 46°F in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 69°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Let the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 28th (Sun), do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at Inglenook, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

2
nights
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 29th (Mon): stroll through Meeks Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe online tour builder .

Getting from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in July, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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