53 days in California Itinerary

53 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Anaheim
— 7 nights
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Beverly Hills
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Truckee
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sonoma
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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San Diego

— 6 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and California Wolf Center (in Julian). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For ratings and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online holiday planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Diego. In February, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 7 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: Newport Beach (Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society & The Ben Carlson Memorial Statue). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at Red Lantern Escape Rooms, make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District, catch some excitement at Indiana Jones Adventure, and enjoy some diversion at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip builder.

Getting from San Diego to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Anaheim are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Beverly Hills

— 6 nights
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Monica Pier and Montana Avenue. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beverly Hills: Pasadena (Norton Simon Museum & The Gamble House), The Getty Villa (in Malibu) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Bay Bicycle Trail, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, stroll around Palisades Park, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Beverly Hills trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Beverly Hills takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Anaheim in February, expect nights in Beverly Hills to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Kids will enjoy Emerald Bay State Park and Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals. Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to Rock-N-Water Christian Camps in Lotus, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with Tahoe Photographic Tours, examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak, and walk around Bijou Community Park - Disc Golf.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online travel planner.

Getting from Beverly Hills to South Lake Tahoe by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Beverly Hills in February, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are a bit cooler (47°F), and nights are much colder (22°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Truckee

— 6 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Bring the kids along to Tahoe Cross Country and Homewood Mountain Resort. Explore Truckee's surroundings by going to Granlibakken Ski and Sled Area (in Tahoe City) and Homewood (Tahoe Maritime Museum & SWA Watersports). There's still lots to do: see the world from above with HeliTahoe, glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, tee off at Old Brockway Golf Course, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Truckee travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Truckee are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · 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.
Attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and McGurk Meadow make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: make a trip to Yosemite Village, grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking, take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. In March, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sonoma.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Sonoma

— 6 nights
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Simraceway Performance Driving Center and Point Reyes Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Sonoma side-trips: Food & Farm Tours (in Point Reyes Station) and Calistoga (Sharpsteen Museum & Calistoga Balloons). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Magical Massage & Inspiration Gallery, explore the world behind art at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sonoma day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sonoma takes 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, with highs in Sonoma at 64°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Oakland California Temple (in Oakland) and Lawrence Hall of Science (in Berkeley). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get a sense of history and politics at San Francisco City Hall, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Sonoma in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.