30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly + Bus:  26​h
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Mount Shasta
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Baldwin Beach and Kiva Beach. Step out of the city life by going to El Dorado Beach and Eagle Falls Trail. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Lakeside Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online tour planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Riyadh to South Lake Tahoe due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Riyadh in August, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 32°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Eagle Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

2
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Van Damme State Park. Head to Highlight Gallery and Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Booksfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mendocino: Point Arena (B Bryan Preserve & Schooner Gulch State Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park and cruise along Mendocino Coast.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mendocino trip planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Mendocino in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August: high temperatures in Mendocino hover around 39°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Point Arena
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park

3
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Step out of the city life by going to Lava Beds National Monument and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Step off the beaten path and head to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and Soul Connections. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Shasta and explore the activities along Lake Siskiyou.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Mount Shasta visit planner.

Drive from Mendocino to Mount Shasta in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mendocino in August since evenings lows in Mount Shasta dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lava Beds National Monument, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lava Beds National Monument ©
Lava Beds National Monument
Shasta-Trinity National Forest ©
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Trail and Tuolumne Meadows. Explore hidden gems such as Vernal Fall and Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Mount Shasta in August, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Mono Lake County Park. Step out of the city life by going to Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes and McLeod Lake. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary, and explore and take pictures at Minaret Vista.

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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 1.5 hours. In August in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kings Canyon National Park and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get outdoors at Moro Rock and Grizzly Falls. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence--about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest and cruise along Generals Hwy.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 41°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
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. Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Kids will appreciate attractions like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to McWay Falls in Big Sur--about 56 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, go for a walk through The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Carmel are colder (24°C), and nights are little chillier (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Venture out of the city with trips to Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa), Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

You can 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 August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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