30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kelowna

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kiva Beach, and then kick back and relax at Pope Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, then stroll through Commons Beach Park, and then tee off at Kings Beach Miniature Golf.

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Kelowna, Canada to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kings Beach Miniature Golf, Commons Beach Park, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Get in touch with nature at North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel trip maker app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Carmel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take a stroll through SoMa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Visit Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Head for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Modus Operandi Cellars and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma), Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read St. Helena trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in St. Helena to be little chillier, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sonoma, Robert Mondavi Winery, Bell Wine Cellars, Bodega Head, Petaluma Seed Bank
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

3
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and Enderts Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Trillium Falls Hike). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach and do a tasting at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from St. Helena to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Trinidad, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Montana Avenue and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Relax by the water at Will Rogers State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Third Street Promenade, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at The Grove, and catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Trinidad in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maritime Museum of San Diego and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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