29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  8​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Appleton

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey maker tool .

Appleton to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Appleton in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

7
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 Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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. On the 14th (Sat), kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel tour planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Escape the urban bustle at San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

7
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.
Head to The Grove and Bergamot Stationfor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). Pack the 24th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hermosa Beach Pier.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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