56 days in California Itinerary

56 days in California Itinerary

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56 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  15​h
1
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Orick
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Myers Flat
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
End: Brussels

10
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 Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 16th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning site .

Brussels, Belgium to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

9
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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Carlsbad to see LEGOLAND California about 38 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, and explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego online route builder .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

LEGOLAND California, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek), Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect Carmel to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence) and Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (in Bishop). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, cruise along Generals Hwy, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker site .

Getting from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

10
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Orick.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Orick

Orick ©
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Get out of town with these interesting Orick side-trips: Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Enderts Beach) and Crescent City (Stout Grove & Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Redwood National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Orick trip maker tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Orick in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Orick to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Myers Flat.

Things to do in Orick

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Crescent City
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

2
nights
Myers Flat

Myers Flat ©
Myers Flat is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California. On the 25th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Shrine Drive-Through Tree, then take a memorable drive along Humboldt Redwoods State Park, and then cruise along Avenue of the Giants. On the next day, look for gifts at Golden Gait Mercantile, identify plant and animal life at Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Richardson Grove State Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Myers Flat trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Orick to Myers Flat takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Myers Flat

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Avenue of the Giants, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, Golden Gait Mercantile, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Richardson Grove State Park
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Avenue of the Giants ©
Avenue of the Giants
Richardson Grove State Park ©
Richardson Grove State Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Goat Rock Beach and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and then admire all the interesting features of Fort Ross State Historic Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg trip builder .

Traveling by car from Myers Flat to Healdsburg takes 3 hours. When traveling from Myers Flat in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jenner, St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning tool .

Drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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