41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
3
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
5
Crescent City
— 1 night
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
7
San Diego
— 8 nights

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Exploratorium, stop by SoMa, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planner.

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Francisco. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
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. Kids will enjoy Asilomar State Beach and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, &more). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

9
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.
Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's still lots to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, hike along Panorama Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 15.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in October, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
nights
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Enderts Beach (in Redwood National Park), Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott) and Trillium Falls Hike (in Orick). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach and explore and take pictures at Redwood Highway.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary maker app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Trinidad. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, Trinidad is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Redwood Highway, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Trillium Falls Hike
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

1
night
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and then trek along Stout Grove.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Crescent City sightseeing website.

Drive from Trinidad to Crescent City in 1.5 hours. October in Crescent City sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

7
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planner.

Fly from Crescent City to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in October, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

8
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. Change things up with a short trip to LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder website.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

LEGOLAND California
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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