30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

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 in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip tool .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Diego Air & Space Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. The adventure continues: stroll through San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Trillium Falls Hike). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Enderts Beach.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Crescent City driving holiday planner.

Fly from San Diego to Crescent City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Crescent City is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors 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

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Funston National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, take a stroll through Union Square, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker site .

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in St. Helena to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

1
night
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 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning tool .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in August, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nevada Falls Loop and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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