25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. Dedicate the 19th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
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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 22nd (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip tool.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 15.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Congress Trail and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 8.5 hours. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 43°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

4
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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.
Attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Tide Pools, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego road trip planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in San Diego are much colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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