30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Pacific Grove
— 1 night
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Fresno
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Bakersfield
— 2 nights
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Ventura
— 11 nights
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Yosemite National Park — 5 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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove make great kid-friendly stops. On the 3rd (Sat), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, hike along Four Mile Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing tool.

Orlando to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Orlando in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are cooler (38°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 4 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.
Visit Pope Beach and Kiva Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Mt. Tallac Trail will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Commons Beach Park (in Tahoe City), Sand Harbor (in Incline Village) and Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum (in Truckee). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, explore the activities along Lake Tahoe, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Pacific Grove.
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Pacific Grove — 1 night

Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pacific Grove visit planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Pacific Grove by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, Pacific Grove is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Fresno.
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Fresno — 2 nights

The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Sequoia National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Forestiere Underground Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, then stroll around Woodward Regional Park, then don't miss a visit to Old Town Clovis, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fresno trip builder website.

Getting from Pacific Grove to Fresno by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pacific Grove in September: high temperatures in Fresno hover around 92°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Congress Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planning app.

You can drive from Fresno to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fresno in September, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bakersfield.
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Bakersfield — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Kern County Museum, look for gifts at California Fruit Depot, experience rural life at Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at California Living Museum (CALM), and finally walk around Hart Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): experience rural life at Tangleweed Farm, then examine the collection at Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, then contemplate the long history of Tehachapi Loop, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Indian Point Ostrich Ranch.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bakersfield trip planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bakersfield in 4 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bakersfield, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ventura.
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Ventura — 11 nights

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nicholas Canyon Beach and Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat. Relax by the water at El Pescador State Beach and Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ventura: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), Santa Barbara (Douglas Family Preserve, The Santa Barbara Art Foundry, &more) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, kick back and relax at Silver Strand Beach, stroll through Mandalay State Beach, and walk around Rincon Beach Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ventura holiday app.

Traveling by car from Bakersfield to Ventura takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bakersfield in September, with highs in Ventura at 76°F and lows at 61°F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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