57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Truckee
— 5 nights
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Napa
— 5 nights
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Healdsburg
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
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San Diego — 5 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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, browse the exhibits of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder app.

Aberdeen, UK to San Diego is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Aberdeen to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aberdeen in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 7 nights

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: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Annenberg Community Beach House) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney District, &more). Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 6 nights

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.
Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Porterville and see Trail of 100 Giants, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, trek along Congress Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) among the memorable landscape of Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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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, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, stroll through Eagle Falls Trail, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Truckee.
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Truckee — 5 nights

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Tahoe City (Tahoe City Field Station & River Rafting & Tubing), Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Five Lakes Creek Trailhead (in Olympic Valley). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tompkins Memorial Trail, grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park, get engrossed in the history at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and go for a stroll along the water at Donner Lake Watersports & Marina.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee trip planner.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Truckee. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly to Napa.
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Napa — 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Santa Rosa (Safari West & Charles M. Schulz Museum) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). Dedicate the 30th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, explore the world behind art at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, and stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Napa online travel route planner.

Fly from Truckee to Napa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Truckee in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Napa, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.
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Healdsburg — 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at Ace It Bike Tours, learn about winemaking at Thumbprint Cellars, and explore the activities along Russian River.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg driving holiday planner.

Drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 7 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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