29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, stroll around Crissy Field, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Perth, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. When traveling from Perth in December, plan for much colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Badger Pass Ski Area and McGurk Meadow. On the 22nd (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, admire all the interesting features of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and hike along Gaylor Lake.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Tahoe Cross Country and Northstar California. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Truckee (Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area & Tahoe Donner Cross Country) and Matt Heron Fly Fishing (in Olympic Valley). There's more to do: hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals and tour the pleasant surroundings at Adventure Mountain.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney District will thrill your kids. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 2nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from South Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.
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San Diego — 6 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, meet the residents at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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