31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary maker

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

St. Helena

— 3 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Gracianna Winery). It doesn't end there: soar above the sights with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides and learn about winemaking at Charles Krug Winery.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are little chillier (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City (Hellman-Ehrman Mansion & Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks) and Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Tahoe Photographic Tours, immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at Sierra Athletic Club.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planning tool.

You can drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from St. Helena in September, expect South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, hike along Panoramic Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much hotter, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, stroll around Beverly Gardens Park, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.