27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Take a break from Healdsburg with a short trip to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Healdsburg trip itinerary maker app .

Vancouver, Canada to Healdsburg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Vancouver, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip site .

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor (in Incline Village) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Lotus). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum (in Groveland) and Columbia Candy Kitchen (in Columbia). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Panorama Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip website .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. July in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Columbia Candy Kitchen
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego journey website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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