28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Napa
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Dedicate the 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip planner.

Modesto to San Francisco is an approximately 2-hour car ride. While traveling from Modesto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Wineries

Napa

— 4 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and VGS Chateau Potelle. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Charles M. Schulz Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Healdsburg (Gary Farrell Winery & Gracianna Winery). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, and admire the verdant scenery at Sonoma Valley.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Napa trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Napa, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and Tallac Historic Site. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours From Tahoe and Wyland Galleries. Get out of town with these interesting South Lake Tahoe side-trips: Commons Beach Park (in Tahoe City) and Matt Heron Fly Fishing (in Olympic Valley). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, stroll through Baldwin Beach, explore and take pictures at Inspiration Point Vista, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Napa to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Napa in May; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 63°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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 a sense of the local culture at Ansel Adams Gallery and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Visiting Sentinel Dome and Nevada Falls Loop will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Taft Point.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Norton Simon Museum and Paley Center for Media. For shopping fun, head to Two Rodeo Drive or Edelweiss Chocolate Factory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica) and Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online journey planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 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.
Visit Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Embarcadero for their historical value. Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Lions, Tigers & Bears. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary site.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

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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.