29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
3
Joshua Tree
— 2 nights
4
Big Bear Lake
— 2 nights
5
Ridgecrest
— 1 night
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
7
Bishop
— 1 night
8
Lee Vining
— 2 nights
9
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
10
Mariposa
— 1 night
11
Carmel
— 1 night
12
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
13
Malibu
— 2 nights
14
Carlsbad
— 1 night
15
San Diego
— 6 nights

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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 more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip website.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. In June in San Diego, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf 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 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Crystal Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Treasure Island Beach.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Laguna Beach trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Joshua Tree.

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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 striking landscape of Joshua Tree National Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Laguna Beach to Joshua Tree by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Laguna Beach in June, plan for much hotter days in Joshua Tree, with highs around °C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °C. You'll set off for Big Bear Lake on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Nature Parks
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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): look for all kinds of wild species at Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve and then explore the striking landscape at Butler Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Castle Rock Trail 1W03, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Keller Peak Fire Lookout, and then trek along Cougar Crest Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Big Bear Lake online route planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree to Big Bear Lake in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree in June, things will get much colder in Big Bear Lake: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Keller Peak Fire Lookout
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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. For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ridgecrest online holiday planner.

Getting from Big Bear Lake to Ridgecrest by car takes about 3 hours. In June, Ridgecrest is much hotter than Big Bear Lake - with highs of °C and lows of °C. You'll set off for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 24th (Mon).

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Giant Forest and Grizzly Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. Change things up with a short trip to The Senate in Three Rivers (about 2h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: hike along General Grant Tree Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest, stroll through John Muir Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ridgecrest to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ridgecrest in June; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Bishop.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

California, The Senate
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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Bishop

Bishop ©
Bishop is a city in Inyo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bishop. Expect little chillier evenings in Bishop when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around °C. You'll set off for Lee Vining on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Bishop

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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. On the 27th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd and then stroll through Parker Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): walk around Mono Lake County Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lee Vining driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Bishop to Lee Vining by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, Lee Vining is little chillier than Bishop - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lee Vining

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Parker Lake Trail
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Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Taft Point. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Valley View, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lee Vining to Yosemite National Park. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Hensley Lake and then explore the activities along Rainbow Pool.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mariposa trip itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Mariposa with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Mariposa: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Mariposa

Nature Parks Wildlife

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Hensley Lake, Rainbow Pool
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Rainbow Pool ©
Rainbow Pool
Hensley Lake ©
Hensley Lake

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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): trek along Scenic Road Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning site.

You can drive from Mariposa to Carmel in 3 hours. When traveling from Mariposa in July, plan for much colder days in Carmel, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Carmel

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Pacific Grove
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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, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Pismo State Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pismo Beach driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Pismo Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Pismo Beach are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

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Pismo State Beach
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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. On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Westward Beach, thenkick back and relax at Zuma Beach, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Paramount Ranch, and finally explore the activities along Legacy Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Pescador State Beach, thenadmire the majestic nature at Point Mugu State Park, and then kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Malibu trip maker site.

Getting from Pismo Beach to Malibu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Malibu when traveling from Pismo Beach in July, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Malibu

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Paramount Ranch, Point Mugu State Park
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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 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at GIA Museum, wander the streets of Carlsbad Village, thenkick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Batiquitos Lagoon.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Malibu to Carlsbad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Carlsbad

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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. Get some historical perspective at Mission Beach Boardwalk and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Coronado Beach. Enjoy San Diego some more: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Windansea Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Carlsbad to San Diego in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in San Diego

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Coronado, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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