43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Moss Landing
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Healdsburg
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Moro Rock Trail. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, trek along Crescent Meadow Rd, stroll through Mt. Whitney, and identify plant and animal life at Big Baldy.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route maker website.

Chicago to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 7 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get outdoors at Santa Monica State Beach and 26-Mile Bike Path. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Annenberg Community Beach House and Rodeo Drive. Venture out of the city with trips to Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and The Getty Villa (in Malibu). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, look for gifts at Edelweiss Chocolate Factory, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning site.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 6 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, and enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Moss Landing.
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Moss Landing — 2 nights

Moss Landing is a census designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Pezzini Farms, then stroll through Salinas River State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Mission San Juan Bautista, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moss Landing State Beach, and then head outdoors with Elkhorn Slough Safari.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Moss Landing online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Moss Landing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Moss Landing, with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 6 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ghirardelli Square. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Moss Landing to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes. Get some cultural insight at Modus Operandi Cellars and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner), Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga) and Swanson Vineyards Salon (in Rutherford). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Alexander Valley Vineyards, learn the secrets of beer at Ace It Bike Tours, and get engrossed in the history at Sturgeons Mill.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Healdsburg journey planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 84°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and North Dome. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, stroll around Mariposa Grove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel app.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Healdsburg in September, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 6 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.
Tallac Historic Site and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kiva Beach and West End Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City (Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads & Commons Beach Park), Matt Heron Fly Fishing (in Olympic Valley) and Meeks Bay Beach (in Tahoma). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, and see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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