30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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St. Helena
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, watch a film at California Science Center, and catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take a memorable tour with YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and then cruise along Inspiration Point Vista. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls, then indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, and then hike along Mt. Tallac Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

St. Helena

— 4 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Healdsburg (Arista Winery & Gracianna Winery), Deerfield Ranch Winery (in Kenwood) and Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma). And it doesn't end there: gain some tasty knowledge on Laces and Limos, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, and immerse yourself in nature at Bothe-Napa State Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, St. Helena is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 28°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.