31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Chico
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Ferndale
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Oslo

3
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 a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Head to Amoeba Music and Santa Monica Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at The Grove, stop by UCLA Store, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip planner .

Oslo, Norway to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Oslo to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oslo in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Step off the beaten path and head to State Street and Old Mission Santa Barbara. For shopping fun, head to The Sacred Space or Solvang Antiques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Solvang (Sort This Out Cellars & The Good Life). Dedicate the 6th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market and revel in the low prices at Italian Pottery Outlet.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Solvang, The Sacred Space
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The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for gifts at The Shell Shop, stop by The Garden Gallery, then stop by Lucia Apothecary, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, stop by Red Moose Cookie Company, then stop by Grape Encounters Empourium, and finally stop by LXV Wine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip maker tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, Grape Encounters Empourium, LXV Wine Tasting Room
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
LXV Wine Tasting Room ©
LXV Wine Tasting Room
Lucia Apothecary ©
Lucia Apothecary

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.
General Sherman Tree and Cerro Gordo Mines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gus's Fresh Jerky and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Independence (Eastern California Museum & Manzanar National Historic Site) and Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Independence, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Museum of Western Film History, Cerro Gordo Mines
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Cerro Gordo Mines ©
Cerro Gordo Mines
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 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). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Grass Roots Natural Foods and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company and Tallac Historic Site. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chico.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bear Valley Adventure Company
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Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
St Theresa Catholic Church ©
St Theresa Catholic Church

3
nights
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olive Pit and Lucero Olive Oil. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at New Clairvaux Vineyard and Gold Nugget Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Lazy Dog Chocolateria (in Grass Valley) and West Coast Falconry (in Marysville). There's much more to do: browse for treasures at Eighth & Main Antique Center, contemplate the long history of Bidwell Mansion, snap pictures at Honey Run Covered Bridge, and browse the fresh offerings at Chico Certified Farmer's Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chico travel route builder .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Chico in 3.5 hours. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Chico: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Ferndale.

Things to do in Chico

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Corning, West Coast Falconry, Chinese Temple, New Clairvaux Vineyard, Gold Nugget Museum
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West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Bidwell Mansion ©
Bidwell Mansion
Chinese Temple ©
Chinese Temple

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nights
Ferndale

Ferndale ©
Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at The Blacksmith Shop, stop by Golden Gait Mercantile, then browse the fresh offerings at Arcata Farmers' Market, and finally stop by Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio. On your second day here, shop like a local with Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, contemplate the long history of The Immortal Tree, then take a peaceful walk through Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ferndale vacation planner.

You can drive from Chico to Ferndale in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Chico in July, you will find days in Ferndale are much colder (21°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Ferndale

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Arcata, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, The Immortal Tree, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Arcata Farmers' Market ©
Arcata Farmers' Market
The Immortal Tree ©
The Immortal Tree
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

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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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Carmel Art Association and Cannery Row Antique Mall. Head to The Cheese Shop and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: stroll through Point Lobos, browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, get a taste of the local shopping with The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden, and look for gifts at Trio Carmel.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Ferndale to Carmel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like City Lights Booksellers and Fisherman's Wharf. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

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 July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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