24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Orick
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Orick
— 2 nights
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Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Drive to Truckee
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Truckee
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, tee off at Lincoln Park, and visit Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online journey planner.

Glasgow, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Glasgow in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Orick.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Orick

— 2 nights
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Johnson Grove and then immerse yourself in nature at Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): hike along Trillium Falls Hike, take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, and then admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Orick trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Orick. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Orick at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Orick

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Truckee

— 2 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Truckee River Legacy Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Truckee itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Orick to Truckee with the Route module. When traveling from Orick in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Truckee: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 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.
Visit Kiva Beach and El Dorado Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Baldwin Beach and Mt. Tallac Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe day trip website.

Getting from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and explore the striking landscape at Taft Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Diego

— 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Mission Beach Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica Bay and Royal Palms State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, relax and rejuvenate at Original Muscle Beach, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

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 July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.