30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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San Diego — 4 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Sail Stars & Stripes and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma.

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

Minneapolis to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Los Angeles — 6 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore hidden gems such as The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Bikes And Hikes LA. The adventure continues: watch a film at California Science Center, get the lay of the land with Los Angeles Conservancy Walking Tours, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Monica.
Museums · Tours · Nightlife · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Santa Monica — 2 nights

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 17th (Fri), kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then find something for the whole family at Pacific Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica route tool.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trip

Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park journey app.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of tram, train, bus, and car. When traveling from Santa Monica in June, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and El Capitan. The adventure continues: trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monterey.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Asilomar State Beach. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, and stop by Carousel Candies.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey route planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.
Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Big Sur — 3 nights

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then stroll through Partington Cove, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, take in the views from Rocky Creek Bridge, take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road, then view the masterpieces at Hawthorne Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Big Sur vacation planning tool.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. June in Big Sur sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

San Francisco — 6 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Golden Gate Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Thomas George Estates (in Healdsburg). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online day trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Tours · Parks · Wineries · Nature
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.