29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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San Diego — 5 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.
Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder app.

Perth, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to San Diego is minus 16 hours. In December, San Diego is slightly colder than Perth - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney District. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 21st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tahoe Cross Country and Adventure Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Granlibakken Ski and Sled Area (in Tahoe City) and Truckee (Northstar California, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, &more). There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe sightseeing tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to South Lake Tahoe by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 8°C and lows reach -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and Elizabeth Lake. On the 30th (Fri), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Park. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, get great views at Twin Peaks, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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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