29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Beverly Hills
— 2 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Malibu
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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St. Helena
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to McDonald's, 601, South Main Street, Lone Pine, Inyo County, California, 93545, United States of America, Bus to Figueroa / Harbor Fwy Station, Fly to Newark

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San Diego

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego travel route planner.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego. When traveling from Newark in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

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Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then walk around Heisler Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Virga Gallery. Keep things going the next day: catch a live performance at Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, then kick back and relax at Main Beach, and then shop like a local with Ruth Mayer Gallery.

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Drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Laguna Beach can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nightlife

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Los Angeles

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at California Science Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder app.

Drive from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Take a break from the city and head to Running Horse Ranch and Mulholland Drive. The Wende Museum of the Cold War and Good Shepherd Catholic Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Beverly Hills, make a side trip to see William S. Hart Museum & Ranch in Newhall, approximately Newhall away. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Jurassic Technology, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and stroll through Greystone Mansion and Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Beverly Hills trip maker site.

Beverly Hills is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in Beverly Hills to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Santa Monica

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Camera Obscura, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Monica Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica online tour itinerary planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Beverly Hills. In July in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Malibu

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 21st (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier, kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, and then stroll through El Matador State Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Paramount Ranch.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Malibu online trip maker.

Malibu is just a short distance from Santa Monica. In July, daytime highs in Malibu are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Get outdoors at State Street Underpass and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, browse the exhibits of Casa del Herrero, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Malibu in July, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Sun), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online journey planner.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

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St. Helena

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): do a tasting at Trinchero Napa Valley and then learn about winemaking at Alpha Omega Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, then look for gifts at Dean & DeLuca, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in St. Helena to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Shopping

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Olmsted Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary planning app.

You can drive from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from St. Helena in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Get outdoors at Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. Step out of Death Valley National Park to go to Amargosa Valley and see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.

Napa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.