29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Joshua Tree
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Big Bear Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
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Ridgecrest
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Bishop
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Lee Vining
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Mariposa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
13
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
15
San Diego
— 6 nights
End: San Diego

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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.
To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego trip builder site .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach

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Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wedge and then kick back and relax at Corona Del Mar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Crystal Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach, and then stroll through Treasure Island Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach tour website .

You can drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Laguna Beach are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Joshua Tree.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Newport Beach
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach
The Wedge ©
The Wedge

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Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree ©
Joshua Tree is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Bernardino County, California, United States. On the 20th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joshua Tree National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree trip planning app .

Drive from Laguna Beach to Joshua Tree in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Laguna Beach in June, expect nights in Joshua Tree to be somewhat warmer, around 26°C, while days are much warmer, around 45°C. You will leave for Big Bear Lake on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park

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Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Butler Peak. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve and then take in the dramatic natural features at Butler Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Castle Rock Trail 1W03, make a trip to Keller Peak Fire Lookout, and then trek along Cougar Crest Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Big Bear Lake trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Joshua Tree to Big Bear Lake in 1.5 hours. In June, Big Bear Lake is cooler than Joshua Tree - with highs of 28°C and lows of 6°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Keller Peak Fire Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Pine Knot Trail ©
Pine Knot Trail
Castle Rock Trail 1W03 ©
Castle Rock Trail 1W03

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Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ridgecrest vacation planner .

You can drive from Big Bear Lake to Ridgecrest in 3 hours. Traveling from Big Bear Lake in June, expect Ridgecrest to be warmer, temps between 45°C and 22°C. You will leave for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Parks Nature Museums

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Explore hidden gems such as General Grant Tree Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. Get outdoors at Moro Rock and Roaring River Falls. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to The Senate in Three Rivers, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, trek along Big Trees Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Inyo National Forest.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ridgecrest to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Ridgecrest - with highs of 40°C and lows of 19°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bishop.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

California, The Senate
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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Bishop

Bishop ©
Bishop is a city in Inyo County, California, United States. To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bishop trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bishop takes 7 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bishop when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 15°C. You will leave for Lee Vining on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Bishop

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest ©
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Lee Vining

Lee Vining ©
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd and then trek along Parker Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: walk around Mono Lake County Park and then contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lee Vining online vacation builder .

Drive from Bishop to Lee Vining in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bishop in June, things will get little chillier in Lee Vining: highs are around 30°C and lows about 7°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lee Vining

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Parker Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vernal Fall and Yosemite Falls. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lee Vining to Yosemite National Park. In June, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Mariposa

Mariposa ©
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mariposa tour planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Mariposa. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Mariposa at 42°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Mariposa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rainbow Pool, Hidden Lake - Hensley Lake Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Pool ©
Rainbow Pool

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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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Getting from Mariposa to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mariposa in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pismo State Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Carmel to Pismo Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Pismo Beach to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Pismo State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier

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Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Westward Beach, kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, then walk around Paramount Ranch, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Legacy Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at El Pescador State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Mugu State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Malibu day trip planner.

Getting from Pismo Beach to Malibu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pismo Beach in July since evenings lows in Malibu dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Mugu State Park, Paramount Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Paramount Ranch ©
Paramount Ranch
Point Mugu State Park ©
Point Mugu State Park

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at GIA Museum, take a stroll through Carlsbad Village, then enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Batiquitos Lagoon.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad trip planner.

You can drive from Pismo Beach to Carlsbad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pismo Beach in July since evenings lows in Carlsbad dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Carlsbad Village ©
Carlsbad Village
Batiquitos Lagoon ©
Batiquitos Lagoon

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San Diego

San Diego ©
You've now added Laguna Mountain Recreation Area to your itinerary. Visiting Windansea Beach and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Point Loma and San Diego Bay Walk. Explore San Diego further: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, wander the streets of Little Italy, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island.

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

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to San Diego takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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