31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Dublin

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route maker site .

Dublin, Ireland to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego tour website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and get great views at Buck Rock Lookout.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary app .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
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.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, beaches, outdoors, trails, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, explore the galleries of Tallac Historic Site, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In July in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in St. Helena when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 28th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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