41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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41 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Truckee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
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.
The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Annenberg Community Beach House for their historical value. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and browse the exhibits of Hollyhock House.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Annenberg Community Beach House, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4
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 San Diego Air & Space Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Alpine to see Lions, Tigers & Bears about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and shop like a local with Spanish Village Art Center.

Make your San Diego itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

4
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.
Visiting Giant Forest and Moro Rock will get you outdoors. When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Congress Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and don't miss a visit to Grant Grove.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

2
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Scenic Road Walkway. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Carmel to be slightly colder, around 15°C, while days are much colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Tall Trees Grove. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to Redwood National Park (Trillium Falls Hike & California Coastal Trail) and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (in Orick). The adventure continues: hike along Stout Grove, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Crescent City trip itinerary planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 19°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, End of the Trail Museum
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

3
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and West End Beach. Tahoe City Field Station and Tahoe Maritime Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Truckee with an excursion to Truckee River Bike Trail in Tahoe City--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Mt Judah Loop Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Truckee driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Crescent City to Truckee takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Crescent City in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Truckee: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Tahoe Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tallac Historic Site and Bodie State Historic Park. Take a break from the city and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Emerald Bay State Park. When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Eagle Rock Hiking Trail in Homewood, approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods, and enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip site .

Drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Truckee in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Bodie State Historic Park, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

8
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.
You'll explore and learn at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Pinecrest Lake Marina in Pinecrest, about 1 hour away. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pinecrest Lake Marina
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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