50 days in California Itinerary

50 days in California Itinerary

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50 days in California Itinerary

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

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hollyhock House and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Santa Monica Pier, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

7
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.
You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Rancho Bernardo Historical Museum (in Rancho Bernardo) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Temecula). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Rancho Bernardo Historical Museum, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

4
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. You'll explore and learn at Sunset Cultural Center and National Steinbeck Center. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and learn about winemaking at Cima Collina.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect Carmel to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, 17-Mile Drive, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Chinatown, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip site .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

California State Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

6
nights
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.
Sharpsteen Museum and Charles M. Schulz Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner), Kenwood (B. Wise Vineyards & VJB Cellars) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Healdsburg driving holiday planning site .

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mendocino.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Guerneville, Kenwood, Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Pech Merle Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

5
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Kelley House Museum will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Mendocino to go to Philo and see Handley Cellars Winery, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Mendocino Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, and stroll through Pudding Creek Beach.

Before you visit Mendocino, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Healdsburg to Mendocino by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fort Bragg, Avenue of the Giants, Handley Cellars Winery, Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Avenue of the Giants ©
Avenue of the Giants
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

6
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Mumm Napa will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jack London State Historic Park and Mission San Francisco Solano. Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga), St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, admire all the interesting features of Sonoma Plaza, and get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Napa road trip app .

You can drive from Mendocino to Napa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Mendocino in September, expect nights in Napa to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Rutherford, Yountville, Glen Ellen
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

6
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.
Let the collections at Tallac Historic Site and Bodie State Historic Park capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting South Lake Tahoe side-trips: West End Beach (in Truckee) and Gatekeeper's Museum (in Tahoe City). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, stroll through Baldwin Beach, and hike along Rubicon Trail.

Make your South Lake Tahoe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Napa to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Napa in September: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 26°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

West End Beach, Bodie State Historic Park, Meeks Bay Beach, Gatekeeper's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

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