39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Old Town Model Railroad Depot. You'll explore and learn at Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker tool .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Diego. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll get in some beach time at Enderts Beach and Camel Rock. Get outdoors at Redwood National Park and Tall Trees Grove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crescent City: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (in Orick) and Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Trillium Falls Hike). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Point St George Park.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Crescent City online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Crescent City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, Crescent City is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Union Square. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip website .

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards, V. Sattui Winery, & more), Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). Dedicate the 22nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery and admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

Plan a Healdsburg trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Napa, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Siduri Wines, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Baldwin Beach and Kiva Beach. Visit Meeks Bay Beach and El Dorado Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Tallac Historic Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, stroll through Lakeside Beach, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip app .

You can drive from Healdsburg to South Lake Tahoe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Healdsburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): trek along Mt Judah Loop Trail and then kick back and relax at West End Beach. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park, do a tasting at Truckee River Winery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Truckee route planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, Truckee is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Truckee River Winery ©
Truckee River Winery

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Cemetery. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, cruise along Tioga Pass, and trek along Four Mile Trail.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. In August in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

1
night
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 4th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planning site .

You can fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum, Disneyland Park, Nicholas Canyon Beach
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

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