25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through San Diego Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Toronto to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 22nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online itinerary 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 July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
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 24th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marshall’s Beach and Baker Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, kick back and relax at China Beach, and don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): view the masterpieces at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, learn about winemaking at Prager Winery & Port Works, then learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, and finally take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful Geyser of California. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, look for gifts at Oakville Grocery, then learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, and finally admire the majestic nature at Bothe-Napa State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena road trip planning app .

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 July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glen Ellen, Calistoga, Oakville Grocery, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery ©
Benziger Family Winery ©
Benziger Family Winery
Beringer Vineyards ©
Beringer Vineyards

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at West End Beach and Meeks Bay Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Baldwin Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip builder website .

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, plan for a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, West End Beach, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Trail and Nevada Falls Loop. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Lembert Dome, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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