27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Lands End and Coit Tower. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Bengaluru, India to San Francisco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13.5 hours traveling from Bengaluru to San Francisco. When traveling from Bengaluru in December, plan for cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

South Lake Tahoe — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail and then ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals and then steep yourself in history at Vikingsholm.

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Fly from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Big Sur.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Big Sur — 4 nights

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bixby Bridge and Pfeiffer State Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, relax and rejuvenate at The Esalen Institute, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur road trip planner.

Fly from South Lake Tahoe to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Petersen Automotive Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and take in breathtaking views at Coldwater Canyon Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.
Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
Side Trips

San Diego — 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coronado Bridge and Pacific Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 2°C. On the 30th (Thu), you're off to home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.