29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Aarhus
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Truckee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  17​h
End: Aarhus

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Crissy Field. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco online road trip planner .

Aarhus, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In December, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Aarhus - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

4
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Truckee is known for winter sports, nature, adventure, outdoors, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country, contemplate the long history of Old Truckee Jail Museum, go for a walk through Truckee River Legacy Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tompkins Memorial Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Truckee trip builder site .

Drive from San Francisco to Truckee in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Truckee hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Tahoe City
Highlights from your plan
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge ©
Old Truckee Jail Museum ©
Old Truckee Jail Museum

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.
Attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hoffmann, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Truckee to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. In December in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, & more). Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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