43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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43 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
9
Arcata
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Vienna

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Oak Canyon Nature Center and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Amoeba Music and The Grove. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Mountains, & more) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, don't miss a visit to Universal CityWalk Hollywood, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online vacation planner .

Vienna, Austria to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Vienna to Los Angeles. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vienna in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Head to Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Visiting State Street Underpass and Douglas Family Preserve will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: The Collection at Riverpark (in Oxnard) and Camarillo (Camarillo Public Library & Camarillo Premium Outlets). Dedicate the 31st (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo and explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Camarillo, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, The Collection at Riverpark
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©

3
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.
Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Africa and Beyondfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Diego planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in June since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Get outdoors at Giant Forest and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Independence and see Manzanar National Historic Site, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: hike along Big Baldy, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Shop till you drop at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Glacier Point. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. There's lots more to do: trek along Scenic Road Walkway, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

3
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Get in touch with nature at West Coast Falconry and Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Baiocchi Tasting Room and Fine Eye Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Cosumnes River Preserve (in Galt) and Wilderness Archery (in Rocklin). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, have fun at Fairytale Town, browse for treasures at Antique Trove, and savor the flavors at Farmers Market.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sacramento trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sacramento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are much warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Sutter Creek, Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, Antique Trove, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Cosumnes River Preserve ©
Cosumnes River Preserve
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center

3
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.
Head to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Truckee River Bike Trail (in Tahoe City), Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Truckee (Tompkins Memorial Trail & Truckee Bike Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Stream Profile Chamber and steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in June, things will get a bit cooler in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 29°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Arcata.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Truckee, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, Stream Profile Chamber
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Arcata

Arcata ©
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arcata: Trillium Falls Hike (in Redwood National Park) and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (in Carlotta). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Avenue of the Giants, identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest, and browse the fresh offerings at Arcata Farmers' Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Arcata trip site .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Arcata takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June: highs in Arcata hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Arcata

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, Avenue of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

3
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Take a break from the city and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Rosa side-trips: Bothe-Napa State Park (in Calistoga), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Korbel Champagne Cellars (in Guerneville). Dedicate the 30th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: stop by Oxbow Public Market and identify plant and animal life at Pepperwood Preserve.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Rosa tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Arcata to Santa Rosa takes 4 hours. When traveling from Arcata in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Rosa: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Guerneville, Napa, Bothe-Napa State Park, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

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