43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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43 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary planner .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 12th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour builder tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail, hike along Panoramic Point, and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

5
nights
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.
Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to Homewood and see Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach, and stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary tool .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. August in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

5
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more), Sonoma (Sonoma Plaza & Simraceway Performance Driving Center) and Napa (Taylor Family Vineyards & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum). Dedicate the 5th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, wander the wide-open spaces of Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, admire the natural beauty at Round Pond Estate, and look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Helena trip planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, things will get a bit warmer in St. Helena: highs are around 34°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Napa, Oakville, Sonoma, Round Pond Estate
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 13th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, and don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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