31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary maker

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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St. Helena
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Venture out of the city with trips to J. Rickards Winery (in Cloverdale) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Gracianna Winery). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online sightseeing planner.

Belem, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Belem to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Belem in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Lembert Dome. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, trek along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

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Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Art Association are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Manresa State Beach in Aptos, approximately Aptos away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, stop by The Cheese Shop, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

Before you visit Carmel, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

St. Helena

— 4 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sharpsteen Museum and Jack London State Historic Park. Get some cultural insight at Mumm Napa and Benziger Family Winery. Get out of town with these interesting St. Helena side-trips: Kenwood (VJB Cellars & Chateau St. Jean). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate and do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

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You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kids will enjoy USS Midway Museum and La Jolla Cove. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Children's Pool and Mission Beach Park. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Fly from St. Helena to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from St. Helena in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art capture your imagination. Attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.