29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
car:  30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
10
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  7​h
11
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 30​min
12
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Bologna

3
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, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore and take pictures at AT&T Park.

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Bologna, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bologna in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Monterey are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
Carmel

Carmel
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. For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): trek along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur itinerary planner .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then make a trip to Bubblegum Alley.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pismo Beach driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Pismo Beach takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pismo Beach, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Montana de Oro State Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Speed Boats Tours, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 14th (Wed), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a memorable drive along State Street Underpass, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

3
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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, then hike along Ryan Mountain, then make a trip to Arch Rock, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and finally steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): hike along General Grant Tree Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove, and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 41°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, then steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Sand Harbor, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In August in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

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St. Helena

The city of St.
On the 31st (Sat), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then do a tasting at Domaine Carneros, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally savor the flavors at Woodhouse Chocolate.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for St. Helena using our trip planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in St. Helena, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Balloon Rides

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