36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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Truckee
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. Dedicate the 2nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning site.

Durban, South Africa to San Francisco is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Durban to San Francisco, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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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.
Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and stroll through Mariposa Grove.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Truckee.

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

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Truckee Bike Park. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Truckee River Legacy Trail, visit Historic Downtown Truckee, make a trip to Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, and fly down the slopes at Tahoe Donner.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Truckee trip itinerary tool.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Truckee in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Truckee hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tahoe City
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe Donner Cross Country ©
Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Tahoe Donner ©
Tahoe Donner
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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 Moro Rock Trail and Congress Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Big Baldy, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Truckee to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Truckee in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Downtown Disney & Flightdeck Simulation Center). Pack the 24th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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