33 days in California Itinerary

33 days in California Itinerary

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33 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

4
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego holiday builder tool .

Cardiff, UK to San Diego is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Cardiff to San Diego. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in July: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

5
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles travel planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
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. On the 26th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Scenic Road Walkway.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Carmel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Wharf and Musee Mecanique. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Sharpsteen Museum. Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read St. Helena online travel route planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Oakville, Calistoga, Rutherford, Benziger Family Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

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.
Visiting Baldwin Beach and Kiva Beach will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Meeks Bay Beach and Lakeside Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and stroll through Pope Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in South Lake Tahoe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour planning app .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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