36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Trinidad
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
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St. Helena
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Chinatown, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and stop by The Castro.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Trinidad

— 4 nights
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Get outdoors at Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Visit Enderts Beach and Camel Rock for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath), Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Tall Trees Grove) and Orick (Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy & Trillium Falls Hike). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Trinidad travel route planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Trinidad. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Trinidad at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

St. Helena

— 4 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Gracianna Winery. Get in touch with nature at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Safari West. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Sapphire Hill Winery, &more) and Pech Merle Winery (in Geyserville). There's more to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to St. Helena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Trinidad in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 4 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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Meeks Bay Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Kiva Beach and Pope Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to West End Beach (in Truckee) and Commons Beach Park (in Tahoe City). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach, and explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, South Lake Tahoe is a bit cooler than St. Helena - with highs of 26°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's lots more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manresa State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online route planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stroll through Black's Beach, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip app.

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Royal Palms State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Original Muscle Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.