49 days in California Itinerary

49 days in California Itinerary

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49 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 22 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

22
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Temecula (Old Town Temecula, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more), Wavelength Brewing Company (in Vista) and Wild Wonders, Inc. (in Bonsall). Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to San Diego, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Encinitas, Carlsbad, Temecula, Julian, Del Mar
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). Pack the 22nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planning app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
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. On the 23rd (Tue), explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then learn about winemaking at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Cima Collina, and finally learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Carmel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Carmel reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, 17-Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at China Beach, take a stroll through Chinatown, and stroll through Ocean Beach.

For maps and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Robert Mondavi Winery and Beringer Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Fort Bragg (Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens & Glass Beach). Dedicate the 3rd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Safari West and do a tasting at Breathless Sparkling Wines.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco 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 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Fort Bragg, St. Helena, Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tallac Historic Site and Truckee River Walk. You'll get in some beach time at Baldwin Beach and Sand Harbor. Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to Reno and see National Automobile Museum, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and explore the activities along Stream Profile Chamber.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to South Lake Tahoe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Healdsburg in August, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in South Lake Tahoe. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Reno, Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, Sand Harbor, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Stream Profile Chamber
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, cruise along Tioga Pass, and stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation builder .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In August in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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