23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Paris

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.
Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get curious at California Science Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach.

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Paris, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paris in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. San Diego Model Railroad Museum and Old Town Model Railroad Depot are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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. On the 5th (Mon), stroll through Asilomar State Beach, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

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Traveling by flight from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in August, with highs in Carmel at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a stroll through SoMa, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 11th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena tour planner .

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Meeks Bay Beach, stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online travel route planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from St. Helena in August since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and get great views at Tunnel View.

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Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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