30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney District, &more). Pack the 3rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Cedar Rapids to Los Angeles is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Cedar Rapids in March: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 74°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

San Diego — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planning app.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Borrego Springs.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trip

Borrego Springs — 2 nights

Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 11th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Galleta Meadows and then get outside with California Overland Desert Excursions. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Borrego Springs trip site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Borrego Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Borrego Springs, with highs around 86°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel planner.

You can fly from Borrego Springs to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. When traveling from Borrego Springs in March, plan for colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

South Lake Tahoe — 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City (Tahoe Cross Country & Truckee River Bike Trail). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, stroll through Adventure Mountain, soothe aching muscles at Sierra Athletic Club, and gear up at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas
Side Trips

Yosemite National Park — 6 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.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. In March in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park — 4 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Dante's View, steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 70°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.