27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Big Bear Lake
— 3 nights
Drive to Palm Springs International Airport, Fly to King Khaled International Airport

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Los Angeles

— 8 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.
Appreciate the collections at Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, steep yourself in history at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online tour planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. In August, Los Angeles is much colder than Riyadh - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tallac Historic Site and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Vikingsholm and Genoa Cemetery are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, kick back and relax at Pope Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online itinerary maker.

Fly from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel driving holiday planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Panorama Trail, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip app.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Big Bear Lake.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Big Bear Lake

— 3 nights
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Calico Ghost Town, then stop by Village Sweet Shoppe, and then identify plant and animal life at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Old Town Temecula, take in panoramic vistas at Keller Peak Fire Lookout, and then hike along Castle Rock Trail 1W03.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Big Bear Lake itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Big Bear Lake. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Big Bear Lake: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.