31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, browse the different shops at The Grove, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip app .

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moonstone Beach and Hearst Castle. Attractions like Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Cambria's surroundings by going to Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Fiona Bleu Gallery). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with artifacts gallery, learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and take in the exciting artwork at Harmony Pottery Works.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cambria holiday tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Cambria by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Cambria are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are a bit cooler (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
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. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Carmel Art Association and Venture Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur (about 54 minutes away). Spend the 10th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, shop like a local with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and play a few rounds at Cypress Point Golf Club.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in July, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Cypress Point Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kids will appreciate attractions like Noyo Headlands Park and B Bryan Preserve. Visit Seaside Beach and Van Damme State Park for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Fort Bragg to Point Arena to see Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, shop like a local with Ananse Village, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Kwan Tai.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg planner .

Drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Goat Rock Beach will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Ghirardelli Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Union Square, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker app .

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in July, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie are in your itinerary. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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.
Get some historical perspective at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Explore hidden gems such as Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Trail of 100 Giants in Ponderosa (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 98°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trail of 100 Giants, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest
Giant Forest

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