43 days in California Itinerary

43 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
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Truckee
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Visit Filbert Street Stairs and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll around Golden Gate Park, get curious at Exploratorium, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to San Francisco. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Rosa

— 3 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

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.
Visiting Sonoma Coast State Beach and Jack London State Historic Park will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Ross State Historic Park and Mission San Francisco Solano. Venture out of the city with trips to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park (in Petaluma) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's more to do: explore the activities along Russian River.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Rosa tour planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Santa Rosa are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Truckee

— 3 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Five Lakes Creek Trailhead. There's much more to do: let little ones run wild at Commons Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at West End Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail, and hike along Tompkins Memorial Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Truckee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to Truckee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Rosa in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Truckee. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pope Beach and Eagle Falls Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Meeks Bay Beach (in Tahoma). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, trek along Mt. Tallac Trail, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park.

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You can drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Truckee in July, South Lake Tahoe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 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 Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. On the 5th (Thu), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. July in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 5 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Congress Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, stroll through Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, stroll around Balboa Park, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip site.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Beaches

Los Angeles

— 6 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 Santa Monica Pier and The Getty Center. Visiting Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Christ Cathedral (in Garden Grove), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Annenberg Community Beach House (in Santa Monica). Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, stroll around Greystone Mansion and Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles attractions planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.