41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Truckee
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
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St. Helena
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. For shopping fun, head to Gaslamp Quarter or Spanish Village Art Center. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mission Beach Park, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online travel route planner.

Ottawa, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 11-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

5
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Relax by the water at Santa Monica State Beach and Nicholas Canyon Beach. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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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. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Asilomar State Beach and Manresa State Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, look for gifts at AiX, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary maker.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, Carmel is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
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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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 15.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

1
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Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach, learn about winemaking at Truckee River Winery, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Truckee trip builder app.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Truckee in 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Truckee can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

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

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Tallac Historic Site and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Kiva Beach and Meeks Bay Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, stroll through Pope Beach, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe tour app.

Traveling by car from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Visit Enderts Beach and Camel Rock for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Trillium Falls Hike (in Orick), Hikshari Trail (in Eureka) and Redwood National Park (Tall Trees Grove & California Coastal Trail). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

To find out how to plan a trip to Trinidad, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from South Lake Tahoe to Trinidad. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Trinidad, with highs around 22°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Modus Operandi Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Petaluma Seed Bank and Mumm Napa. Get out of town with these interesting St. Helena side-trips: Glen Ellen (Benziger Family Winery & Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery), Kenwood (Chateau St. Jean, VJB Cellars, &more) and Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma (in Sonoma). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards and wander the wide-open spaces of Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our St. Helena trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Trinidad to St. Helena in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Trinidad, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baker Beach and China Beach. Alcatraz Island and The Castro are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stop by Chinatown, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in September, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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