22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Napa
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip app.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In August, San Francisco is slightly colder than Boston - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 11th (Sun), look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market and then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Napa online driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Napa are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Getting from Napa to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Napa in August since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's still lots to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 43°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Palm Springs.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Palm Springs

— 1 night
To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs online trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Palm Springs. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get much warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 107°F and lows about 80°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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San Diego

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then stroll around La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation website.

Getting from Palm Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in August, you will find days in San Diego are much colder (78°F), and nights are little chillier (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Santa Monica Pier and The Getty Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Oak Canyon Nature Center). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and visit Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur tour app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Big Sur hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chinatown and de Young Museum. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. See even more of San Francisco: appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning site.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.