51 days in California Itinerary

51 days in California Itinerary

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51 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Truckee
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Eureka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Ljubljana

6
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.
Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, get your game on at AxeVentures, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to San Diego is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Ljubljana in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, LEGOLAND California
Highlights from your plan
AxeVentures ©
AxeVentures
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Adventure City, Disneyland Park, & more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles vacation maker .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

7
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Half Dome, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

6
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Eagle Rock Hiking Trail in Homewood (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Pope Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail

5
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Truckee side-trips: West Coast Falconry (in Marysville) and SWA Watersports (in Homewood). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach, take an in-depth tour of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, stroll through Tompkins Memorial Trail, and trek along Mt Judah Loop Trail.

Discover how to plan a Truckee trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September since evenings lows in Truckee dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, West Coast Falconry, SWA Watersports
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
River Rafting & Tubing
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead ©
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, V. Sattui Winery, & more), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Truckee to Healdsburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Truckee in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Healdsburg: highs are around 34°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Mendocino Coast, Safari West, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West

4
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka: Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone), Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & Trillium Falls Hike) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Avenue of the Giants, explore the stunning scenery at Fern Canyon, grab your bike and head to Hikshari Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Redwood Highway.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Eureka day trip planner.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Eureka in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Eureka, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Avenue of the Giants, Camel Rock, Fern Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Venture out of the city with trips to Redwood National Park (Tall Trees Grove & California Coastal Trail) and Orick (Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, & more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, stroll through Stout Grove, kick back and relax at Enderts Beach, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean World.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Crescent City day trip tool .

Drive from Eureka to Crescent City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Orick
Highlights from your plan
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Crescent City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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