30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Encinitas (Moonlight Beach & Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage). Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Diego. Traveling from Toronto in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Encinitas, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

4
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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur), Moss Landing State Beach (in Moss Landing) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Carmel is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Moss Landing State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay). Dedicate the 14th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Miramar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

6
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 8°C. You will leave for Laguna Beach on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

3
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at The Wedge, then stroll through Corona Del Mar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Laguna Beach.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Laguna Beach takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, tram, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for warmer nights in Laguna Beach, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach
The Wedge ©
The Wedge

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Malibu (Zuma Beach & Malibu Lagoon State Beach) and Los Angeles (Cabrillo Beach, Universal Studios Hollywood, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Will Rogers State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica tour planning tool .

You can drive from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and tram; or take a bus. When traveling from Laguna Beach in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Malibu, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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