31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Athens

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour planner.

Athens, Greece to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Athens to San Francisco. Traveling from Athens in August, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Jordan Vineyard & Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Oxbow Public Marketfor some retail therapy. Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum (in Napa) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). Dedicate the 7th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and savor the flavors at Mumm Napa.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a St. Helena trip simple and quick.

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. 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 your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Napa, Oakville, Rutherford, Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. Visiting Meeks Bay Beach and Lakeside Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, stroll through Pope Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and browse the exhibits of Tallac Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder tool .

You can 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Glacier Point. Let the collections at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery capture your imagination. There's much more to do: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online tour planner .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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), view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, stroll through Black's Beach, and explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in August, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

7
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.
The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Hollyhock House and Santa Monica Pier. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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