43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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43 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal

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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Get some cultural insight at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Mariposa Grove, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tallac Historic Site and Genoa Cemetery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery.

Plan my day in South Lake Tahoe using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Genoa Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

4
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Trees of Mystery and Battery Point Lighthouse. Get some cultural insight at Trinidad Art Gallery and Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room. Venture out of the city with trips to Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & Enderts Beach), Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial (in Klamath) and Crescent City (Stout Grove & Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Trinidad State Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad day trip planning app .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Trinidad by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in Trinidad hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Crescent City, Klamath, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

5
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
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 Armstrong Redwood State Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Mumm Napa and Charles M. Schulz Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Glass Beach (in Fort Bragg). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and indulge your taste buds at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Healdsburg road trip site .

You can drive from Trinidad to Healdsburg in 4 hours. While traveling from Trinidad, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Calistoga, Santa Rosa, Glass Beach, Robert Mondavi Winery, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Ferry Building Marketplace. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Healdsburg in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and China Cove and Gibson Beach. For shopping fun, head to Carmel Art Association or AiX. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Moss Landing to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and stroll through Del Mar Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker app .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

8
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Santa Monica (Annenberg Community Beach House, Third Street Promenade, & more) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & The Disney Gallery). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, and wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita

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