43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
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Drive to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Trinidad
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Trinidad
— 4 nights
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Healdsburg
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in July, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 5 nights
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 outdoors at Pope Beach and El Dorado Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Kiva Beach and Lakeside Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Baldwin Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery, and admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe day trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Trinidad

— 4 nights
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. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Crescent City (Battery Point Lighthouse & Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park) and Klamath (Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial & Trees of Mystery). There's more to do: explore the galleries of Trinidad Art Gallery and learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from South Lake Tahoe to Trinidad with the Route module. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Trinidad, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 5 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Visiting Safari West and Glass Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Charles M. Schulz Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Healdsburg: Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Mumm Napa (in Rutherford). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, indulge your taste buds at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Healdsburg in 4 hours. When traveling from Trinidad in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and SoMa. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

You can drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Healdsburg in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. You'll get in some beach time at Del Mar Beach and Carmel River State Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Art Association. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Moss Landing to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach, and stop by AiX.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel vacation planning tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego online holiday planner.

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 8 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Annenberg Community Beach House and Santa Monica Pier. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Hammer Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Mountains), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & The Disney Gallery). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.