26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Orlando to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in October, expect San Diego to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 13th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and catch a movie at California Science Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, trek along Panoramic Point, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and stroll through Four Mile Trail.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning app.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the galleries of Tallac Historic Site and then stroll through Rubicon Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 25th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Battery Spencer. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and take a stroll through SoMa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online road trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.