40 days in California Itinerary

40 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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St. Helena
— 5 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and Legion of Honor capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Sonoma Coast State Beach. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

4
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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. We've included these beaches for you: Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Venture out of the city with trips to Friends of the Elephant Seal (in San Simeon) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). The adventure continues: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planning app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©

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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum capture your imagination. Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Black's Beach, stroll through Children's Pool, take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego tour planner.

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in August, with highs in San Diego at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

7
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Annenberg Community Beach House and Amoeba Music. Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Yosemite Museum Gallery or Ansel Adams Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Pope Beach and El Dorado Beach. Get outdoors at Kiva Beach and Meeks Bay Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City (River Rafting & Tubing & Gatekeeper's Museum) and Truckee (Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum & West End Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

5
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St. Helena

St. Helena ©

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
For shopping fun, head to Oakville Grocery or Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery. Mumm Napa and Sharpsteen Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Glen Ellen (Wellington Cellars & Benziger Family Winery) and Kenwood (VJB Cellars & Chateau St. Jean). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and wander the wide-open spaces of Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena sightseeing website.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in St. Helena when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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