23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dublin

4
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 Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

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Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Dublin in August, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, look for gifts at Oakville Grocery, do a tasting at Far Niente Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip planner .

You can 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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Oakville, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Far Niente Winery ©
Far Niente Winery

3
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.
Tallac Historic Site and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, stroll through Pope Beach, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online visit planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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 7th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Visiting La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue. We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online holiday planner .

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 September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

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
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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