29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Zagreb

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Head to Exploratorium and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip app .

Zagreb, Croatia to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Zagreb in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to West End Beach and Meeks Bay Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Tahoe City (Gatekeeper's Museum & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, stroll through Pope Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tahoe City, West End Beach, Emerald Bay State Park, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Mariposa Grove, stroll through Panorama Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
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. On the 10th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Manzanar National Historic Site and Museum of Western Film History. Step out of the city life by going to Giant Forest and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and hike along Congress Trail.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are much warmer (41°C), and nights are a bit warmer (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore and take pictures at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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