31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaslamp Quarter and Africa and Beyond. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. There's much more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Toronto to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. August in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Amoeba Musicfor plenty of shopping. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Third Street Promenade, & more) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tolerance, and stroll through Santa Monica State Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online travel planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Do your shopping at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through Lembert Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect much colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and Manzanar National Historic Site. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, and contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online visit planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car 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
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

2
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. On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Manresa State Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online trip planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Manresa State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Beaches

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Head to Oxbow Public Market and Imagery Estate Winery & Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Gracianna Winery. Get out of town with these interesting St. Helena side-trips: Healdsburg (Alexander Valley Vineyards, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, & more), Gundlach Bundschu Winery (in Sonoma) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). There's more to do: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena online road trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Oakville, Glen Ellen, Inglenook, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tallac Historic Site and Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. We've included these beaches for you: Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Commons Beach Park in Tahoe City, approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, stroll through Pope Beach, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe visit planning site .

Drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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