29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Albany

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with Africa and Beyond.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Albany to San Diego is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Albany to San Diego. Traveling from Albany in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
For shopping fun, head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard or Craft & Folk Art Museum. Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

6
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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Ansel Adams Gallery. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Lembert Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yosemite National Park trip simple and quick.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 56°F in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate City Lights Booksellers and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning website .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get some cultural insight at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Gracianna Winery. Shop till you drop at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Oxbow Public Market. Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena online tour planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in St. Helena to be slightly colder, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Rutherford, Glen Ellen, Oakville, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Head to Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfittersfor some retail therapy. Visit Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Meeks Bay Beach, explore the galleries of Tallac Historic Site, and kick back and relax at Pope Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from St. Helena in September: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

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