56 days in California Itinerary

56 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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St. Helena
— 5 nights
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Truckee
— 5 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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San Francisco — 7 nights

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 Oakland California Temple in Oakland, approximately Oakland away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary builder.

Lahore, Pakistan to San Francisco is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to San Francisco is minus 13 hours. When traveling from Lahore in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

St. Helena — 5 nights

The city of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen), Sonoma (Sonoma Plaza & Passaggio Wines) and Gracianna Winery (in Healdsburg). Dedicate the 17th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa and do a tasting at Prager Winery & Port Works.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Truckee.
Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips

Truckee — 5 nights

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Change things up with a short trip to West Coast Falconry in Marysville (about 1h 45 min away). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country, grab your bike and head to Truckee River Legacy Trail, fly down the slopes at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Crest Snowcats.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Truckee online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from St. Helena to Truckee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from St. Helena in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Truckee: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails
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.
South Lake Tahoe is known for historic sites, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, admire the striking features of Vikingsholm, and stroll through Adventure Mountain.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip

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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 1st (Sat), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through Yosemite Valley Biking, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -11°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Death Valley National Park — 5 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Aguereberry Point, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles — 6 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

San Diego — 6 nights

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 these side-trips from San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and examine the collection at Mingei International Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Santa Barbara.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Santa Barbara — 5 nights

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Sunstone Winery (in Santa Ynez), Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (in Los Olivos) and Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria). Dedicate the 26th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, have fun at BoltAbout, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, and expand your horizons at Santa Barbara Art Glass.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

Getting from San Diego to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in January since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.