29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + bus:  11​h
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Big Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Pope Beach and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe planner .

Edmonton, Canada to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to South Lake Tahoe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in July, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodie State Historic Park and Mono County Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bridgeport
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

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
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and then admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip maker website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Santa Barbara to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Old Mission Santa Ines
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

3
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piedras Blancas Light Station and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Elephant Seal Rookery and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. When in Paso Robles, make a side trip to see Morro Bay Skateboard Museum in Morro Bay, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Estrella Warbird Air Museum, learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, and view the masterpieces at Studios on the Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paso Robles journey planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: highs in Paso Robles hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, Peachy Canyon Winery, Piedras Blancas Light Station, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Estrella Warbird Air Museum ©
Estrella Warbird Air Museum

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 20th (Sat), trek along Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

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 22nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at National Steinbeck Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

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Carmel is just a stone's throw from Big Sur. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dennis the Menace Park, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg day trip app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are much warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards

2
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 26th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Williamson Wines Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and then do a tasting at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Healdsburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, expect nights in Healdsburg to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Williamson Wines Tasting Room ©
Williamson Wines Tasting Room
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach and Limantour Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bean Hollow State Beach and Marshall’s Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, approximately 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 31st (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pescadero, Rockaway Beach, Limantour Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Oceanside Pier and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planning website .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from San Francisco in July, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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