36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive
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Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sonoma
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Taft Point make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning tool.

Norfolk to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Norfolk to Yosemite National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Norfolk in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Glacier Point ©
Must see
Glacier Point
4.9
Half Dome ©
Geologic Formation
Half Dome
4.9
Mariposa Grove ©
Hiking Trail
Mariposa Grove
4.7

2
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Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, kick your exploration up a notch at Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Tompkins Memorial Trail, see the world from above with HeliTahoe, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee online driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, Truckee is a bit cooler at night with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Commons Beach Park ©
Playground
Commons Beach Park
4.5
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.7

4
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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.
Family-friendly places like Lake Tahoe Balloons and Tahoe Photographic Tours will thrill your kids. Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to Hellman-Ehrman Mansion in Tahoe City, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, stroll through Lakeside Beach, and explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Lake Tahoe Balloons ©
Balloon Ride
Lake Tahoe Balloons
4.9
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion ©
Historic Site
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
4.7

1
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Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 4th (Sun), enjoy unforgettable views with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, then look for gifts at Passaggio Wines, and then stroll through Sonoma Plaza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sonoma road trip app.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Sonoma in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sonoma, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Passaggio Wines ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Passaggio Wines
4.8

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Lombard Street, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Sonoma to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Sonoma in July, plan for a bit cooler 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 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Exploratorium ©
Science Museum
Exploratorium
4.6
Alcatraz Island ©
Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Congress Trail and Grizzly Falls. There's still lots to do: stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove, cruise along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Congress Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Congress Trail
4.9
Boyden Cavern
Cave
Boyden Cavern
4.2

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Los Angeles

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica Pier Aquarium (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and walk around Tongva Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Disneyland Park ©
Disney Park / Activity
Disneyland Park
4.2
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney Park / Activity
Disney California Adventure Park
4.5
Downtown Disney ©
Disney Park / Activity
Downtown Disney
4.3

6
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San Diego

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.
Attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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