29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  10​h
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Albany

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner.

Albany to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Albany to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albany in April, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 28°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

8
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire all the interesting features of Staples Center, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and have fun and explore at Travel Town.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much hotter, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

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

6
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.
Attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and La Jolla Cove make great kid-friendly stops. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and get in on the family fun at Belmont Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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