32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Tallac Historic Site, then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe road trip planning app .

Portland to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 46°F in South Lake Tahoe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

2
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, learn about winemaking at Frog's Leap Winery, and then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Napa visit planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Napa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Napa, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings, Frog's Leap Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Frog's Leap Winery ©
Frog's Leap Winery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, explore and take pictures at AT&T Park, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Napa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

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

You can 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 flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, hike along General Grant Tree Trail, and contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 95°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View and then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Grove. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

5
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, have fun at Balboa Park, and stroll through Cabrillo Tide Pools.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip builder .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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