32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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San Diego — 4 nights

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Diego. Traveling from Boston in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip

Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 23rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 5 nights

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, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe — 5 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City (Commons Beach Park & River Rafting & Tubing), Tompkins Memorial Trail (in Truckee) and Five Lakes Creek Trailhead (in Olympic Valley). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, kick back and relax at Pope Beach, hike along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, and relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Side Trips

San Francisco — 6 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions website.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.