25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary maker
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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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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Santa Monica
— 4 nights
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

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Stockholm, Sweden to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Stockholm to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 4 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Pope Beach and Commons Beach Park. Visiting Kiva Beach and Matt Heron Fly Fishing will get you outdoors. When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Meeks Bay Beach in Tahoma, approximately Tahoma away. There's more to do: stroll through Baldwin Beach and kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip planning tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and hike along North Dome.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Moro Rock Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Boyden Cavern, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, hike along Congress Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to San Diego.
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San Diego — 4 nights

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: get outside with San Diego Scuba Guide.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online vacation planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.
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Santa Monica — 4 nights

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You'll get in some beach time at Zuma Beach and Westward Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Nicholas Canyon Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica tour planner.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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