39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Crescent City
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Healdsburg
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Truckee
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 9 nights
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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.
USS Midway Museum and Old Town Model Railroad Depot are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Air & Space Museum. There's still lots to do: stroll around La Jolla Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. 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 · Museums

Crescent City

— 4 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Take a break from the city and head to Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Relax by the water at Enderts Beach and Point St George Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Crescent City: Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone), Orick (Trillium Falls Hike & Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park) and Tall Trees Grove (in Redwood National Park).

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Crescent City road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Crescent City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in August: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 20°C and lows are around 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 · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Building Marketplace. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through The Castro, stop by Chinatown, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip app.

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Crescent City in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Healdsburg

— 4 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards, V. Sattui Winery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and do a tasting at Gracianna Winery.

Plan trip to Healdsburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tallac Historic Site and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get in touch with nature at Kiva Beach and El Dorado Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, stroll through Baldwin Beach, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to South Lake Tahoe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Healdsburg in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in South Lake Tahoe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Truckee

— 2 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): kick back and relax at West End Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park, then learn about winemaking at Truckee River Winery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Truckee itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Truckee. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

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

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carmel, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 9 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Relax by the water at Nicholas Canyon Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Montana Avenue, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip maker.

You can fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 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 · Outdoors

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.