32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bodega
— 1 night
Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Crescent City
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Crescent City
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Taft Point make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get great views at Half Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Panorama Trail, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planning site.

Sanford to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sanford to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Sanford in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Meeks Bay Beach and Pope Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kiva Beach and West End Beach. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Tahoe City (Stateline Lookout, Commons Beach Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Baldwin Beach, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, and kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bodega.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Bodega

— 1 night
Bodega is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County in the U.S. state of California. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Pomo Canyon Trail and then kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bodega trip itinerary maker.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Bodega by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, Bodega is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Bodega

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Crescent City

— 3 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Visit Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Moonstone Beach and Point St George Park. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy (in Orick), Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone) and Trinidad (Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room & Big Lagoon County Park). The adventure continues: hike along Stout Grove, cruise along Pebble Beach, kick back and relax at Agate Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Crescent City driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Bodega to Crescent City with the Route module. Traveling from Bodega in July, expect nights in Crescent City to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are much colder, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf make great kid-friendly stops. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Goat Rock Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Alcatraz Island, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Crescent City in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 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. On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, kick back and relax at China Cove, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally stroll through Del Mar Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manresa State Beach, then kick back and relax at Seacliff State Beach, California, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Del Mar State Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica State Beach. Visit Zuma Beach and Santa Monica Bay for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad & Downtown Disney District), Malibu (Westward Beach, Nicholas Canyon Beach, &more) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Beach, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Family-friendly places like Black's Beach and La Jolla Shores Park will thrill your kids. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Del Mar City Beach in Del Mar, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SeaWorld San Diego, admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mushroom Beach, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.