55 days in California Itinerary

55 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive
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Truckee
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Orick
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Orick
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 5 nights
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Napa
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles

— 5 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 out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Annenberg Community Beach House (in Santa Monica), Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 16th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip planning app.

Paris, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Paris in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Crystal Cave, and trek along Congress Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip site.

Fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 7 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.
On the 1st (Mon), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. On the 6th (Sat), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail, and immerse yourself in nature at D.L. Bliss State Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe online attractions planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Truckee

— 4 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Explore Truckee's surroundings by going to Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood), River Rafting & Tubing (in Tahoe City) and Five Lakes Creek Trailhead (in Olympic Valley). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tompkins Memorial Trail, let little ones run wild at Commons Beach Park, trek along Stateline Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach.

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

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Truckee, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

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.
Dedicate the 23rd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday maker.

You can fly from Truckee to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Truckee, expect slightly colder days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Orick.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Orick

— 3 nights
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orick: Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & Tall Trees Grove). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, take in breathtaking views at Fern Canyon, don't miss a visit to Big Tree, and immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Orick driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Orick with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Orick reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Orick

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Healdsburg

— 5 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino). There's still lots to do: get outside with Ace It Bike Tours, learn about winemaking at Thumbprint Cellars, and contemplate the waterfront views at Russian River.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Orick to Healdsburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Orick in August: highs in Healdsburg hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Napa

— 6 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Santa Rosa (Safari West, Charles M. Schulz Museum, &more), Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma) and St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, &more). Dedicate the 1st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and stop by Oakville Grocery.

To plan Napa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Napa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.