24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary app.

Lansing to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Lansing in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Healdsburg

— 1 night
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Ace It Bike Tours, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg road trip website.

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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.
On the 14th (Mon), trek along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. On the next day, hike along Rubicon Trail and then indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from Healdsburg to South Lake Tahoe in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Healdsburg in June, things will get slightly colder in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 77°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
On the 18th (Fri), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Four Mile Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planning website.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In June in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then hike along Congress Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 94°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 24th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and shop like a local with Montana Avenue.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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.