36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Mill Valley (Muir Woods National Monument & Mount Tamalpais State Park) and Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station). There's lots more to do: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, stroll around Golden Gate Park, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning app.

Halifax, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Halifax to San Francisco, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Halifax in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.
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Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Pope Beach and Matt Heron Fly Fishing. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Tahoe City (Truckee River Bike Trail, Commons Beach Park, &more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail, and kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe travel route planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 9 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, identify plant and animal life at North Dome, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park holiday planning app.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In September in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Giant Forest. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 11th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion and Park, and grab your bike and head to South Bay Bicycle Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Cabrillo Tide Pools. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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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