39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sacramento
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  40​h
End: Orlando

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site are in your itinerary. When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine, approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, stroll through Congress Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

Orlando to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Orlando to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. When traveling from Orlando in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

5
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town Auburn and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park are in your itinerary. California State Railroad Museum and Crocker Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sacramento: Sutter St. (in Folsom), River Rafting & Tubing (in Lotus) and Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum (in Auburn). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at California State Capitol Museum, admire the natural beauty at Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, don't miss a visit to Tower Bridge, and get engrossed in the history at Sacramento History Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento driving holiday tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Sacramento by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Sacramento hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Auburn, River Rafting & Tubing, Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Sutter St., Thunder Valley Casino
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California Automobile Museum ©
California Automobile Museum

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.
Tallac Historic Site and Lake Tahoe will appeal to history buffs. Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and Gatekeeper's Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip tool .

You can drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in July; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 82°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Stateline, Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park, Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, Genoa Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

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.
Visit Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Cemetery for their historical value. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, trek along Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder website .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

6
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.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 31st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, steep yourself in history at Hollyhock House, and get curious at California Science Center.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

5
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Embarcadero. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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