40 days in California Itinerary

40 days in California Itinerary

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40 days in California Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  16​h
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Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Oceanside
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Encinitas
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Escondido
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
7
Big Bear Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Wofford Heights
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
9
Kernville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Three Rivers
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
11
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Fresno
— 8 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
13
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Lee Vining
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
15
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Stockton
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
17
Mill Valley
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
18
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Prague

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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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Prague in June, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off toOceanside.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Oceanside

Oceanside
Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oceanside trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Oceanside takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Oceanside, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 19°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Oceanside

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad RanchR has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll around Poinsettia Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carlsbad holiday planner.

Carlsbad is just a short distance from Oceanside. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Encinitas.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
LEGOLAND California ©
LEGOLAND California
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park ©
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch ©

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Encinitas

Encinitas ©
Encinitas is a beach city in the North County area of San Diego County, California. You've now added San Diego Botanic Garden to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonlight State Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at San Diego Botanic Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Encinitas road trip planner .

Encinitas is just a short distance from Carlsbad. June in Encinitas sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Encinitas

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
San Diego Botanic Garden ©
San Diego Botanic Garden

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Balboa Park, SeaWorld San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter, and other attractions. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coronado Island. There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo and tour or see a game at Petco Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip site .

You can drive from Encinitas to San Diego in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Escondido.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

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Escondido

Escondido
Escondido reflects its Spanish and Mexican roots (it’s the oldest city in San Diego County) through historical architecture with short stucco buildings painted in pastel colors.
To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Escondido tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Escondido in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Big Bear Lake.

Things to do in Escondido

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Alpine Pedal Path, identify plant and animal life at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Stanfield Marsh Wildlife and Waterfowl Preserve, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Swim Beach, get your game on at Gold Rush Mining Adventures, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Rock Trail 1W03, and finally perfect your strike at Bowling Barn.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Big Bear Lake road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Escondido to Big Bear Lake. Traveling from Escondido in June, plan for little chillier nights in Big Bear Lake, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Wofford Heights.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary ©
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary
Castle Rock Trail 1W03 ©
Castle Rock Trail 1W03

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Wofford Heights

Wofford Heights ©
Wofford Heights is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevadas, in Kern County, California, United States. Lake Isabella has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Isabella, then identify plant and animal life at Audubon Kern River Preserve, and then explore the striking landscape at Hole in the Wall.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wofford Heights driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Bear Lake to Wofford Heights. When traveling from Big Bear Lake in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Wofford Heights, with highs around 39°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kernville.

Things to do in Wofford Heights

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hole in the Wall, Audubon Kern River Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Audubon Kern River Preserve ©
Audubon Kern River Preserve

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Kernville

Kernville
Kernville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the southern Sierra Nevada, in Kern County, California, United States. To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kernville online travel planner .

Kernville is just a stone's throw from Wofford Heights. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Three Rivers.

Things to do in Kernville

Parks Nature

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Three Rivers

Three Rivers
Three Rivers is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Senate and then contemplate the long history of The Presidente tree.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Three Rivers vacation planner.

You can drive from Kernville to Three Rivers in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kernville in June, Three Rivers is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Three Rivers

Historic Sites

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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.
For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Three Rivers to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Fresno.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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Fresno

Fresno ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Mercey Hot Springs. Popular historic sites such as St. Johns Cathedral of Fresno and St George Greek Orthodox Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fresno: Sierra Mono Museum (in North Fork), Millerton Lake State Recreation Area (in Friant) and Shaver Stables (in Shaver Lake).

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fresno trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Fresno takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. In July in Fresno, expect temperatures between 44°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Clovis, Madera, Coalinga, Hanford, Mercey Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Shaver Stable ©
Shaver Stable
Fresno Chaffee Zoo ©
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Sierra National Forest ©
Sierra National Forest

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can take a bus from Fresno to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fresno in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Lee Vining.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail ©
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

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Lee Vining

Lee Vining ©
Lee Vining is a census-designated place in Mono County, California, United States. You'll explore and learn at Bodie State Historic Park and Mono County Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Black Point Fissures. Change things up with these side-trips from Lee Vining: Hawthorne Ordnance Museum (in Hawthorne), Bridgeport (Buckeye Hot Spring, Bridgeport Reservoir, & more) and June Lake Brewing (in June Lake). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Rd, cruise along June Lake Loop, identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, and see a world frozen in time at Bodie.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lee Vining trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll set off for South Lake Tahoe on the 20th (Sat).

Things to do in Lee Vining

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

June Lake, Bridgeport, California, Black Point Fissures, Hawthorne Ordnance Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Bridgeport Reservoir ©
Bridgeport Reservoir
Black Point Fissures ©
Black Point Fissures

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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.
For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lee Vining to South Lake Tahoe. July in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Stockton.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Thomas F. Regan Memorial Park ©
Thomas F. Regan Memorial Park
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery ©
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery

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Stockton

Stockton ©
Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Goat Rock Beaches and Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Calaveras County Museum Complex and Roseville Utility Exploration Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stockton: Contra Loma Regional Park (in Antioch), Effie Yeaw Nature Center (in Carmichael) and Nimbus Dam and Fish Hatchery (in Gold River). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cosumnes River Preserve, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Stockton, make a trip to University of the Pacific, and admire all the interesting features of Banner Island Ballpark.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Stockton online trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from South Lake Tahoe to Stockton. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Stockton: highs are around 41°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mill Valley.

Things to do in Stockton

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

California, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Contra Loma Regional Park, Cosumnes River Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Goat Rock Beaches ©
Goat Rock Beaches
Cosumnes River Preserve ©
Cosumnes River Preserve
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center

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Mill Valley

Mill Valley ©
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get great views at Golden Gate View Point, hike along Dipsea Trail, see the interesting displays at Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bolinas Beach, and finally stroll around Stinson Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mill Valley holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Stockton to Mill Valley in 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Stockton in July: high temperatures in Mill Valley hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Bolinas Beach, Stinson Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old Mill Park ©
Old Mill Park
Bolinas Beach ©
Bolinas Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and then explore and take pictures at Oracle Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, examine the collection at de Young Museum, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then hike along Lands End, and finally steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mill Valley to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Mill Valley, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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