35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Pune

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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. We've included these beaches for you: Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Moonlight Beach State Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Pune, India to San Diego is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pune to San Diego is minus 13 hours. In August, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moonlight Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

6
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 inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollyhock House. Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Amoeba Music. Change things up with a short trip to Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip app .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Get some cultural insight at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, hike along Lembert Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect much colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Tallac Historic Site and Gatekeeper's Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to West End Beach in Truckee, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, stroll through Pope Beach, and stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe road trip planning app .

Getting from Carmel to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Carmel in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Truckee, Meeks Bay Beach, Gatekeeper's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Mumm Napa and Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Benziger Family Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from St. Helena to Kenwood to see VJB Cellars about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September; daily highs in St. Helena reach 34°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Yountville, Calistoga, Oakville, Glen Ellen, Rutherford
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at de Young Museum, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip site .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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