33 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Yosemite National Park
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Tahoe City
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San Francisco
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Radiator Springs Racers, &more). Pack the 1st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, catch a movie at California Science Center, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online road trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stroll through Cabrillo National Monument, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online route maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 5 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Family-friendly places like Giant Forest and Boyden Cavern will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and Head underground at Crystal Cave.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online holiday planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are much hotter, around 43°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 8 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.
Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and Half Dome. On the 17th (Mon), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, walk around Mariposa Grove, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Tahoe City.
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Tahoe City — 3 nights

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and Tompkins Memorial Trail. There's lots more to do: cast your line with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Falls Trail, trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, and grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tahoe City online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Tahoe City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, make a trip to Lombard Street, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Tahoe City to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tahoe City in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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