57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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South Lake Tahoe
— 7 nights
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Napa
— 6 nights
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Eureka
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
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San Diego
— 8 nights
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South Lake Tahoe

— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Van Sickle Bi-State Park and Mt. Tallac Trail will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Truckee (Truckee Bike Park, Tompkins Memorial Trail, &more), Tahoe City (River Rafting & Tubing & Truckee River Bike Trail) and Homewood (Eagle Rock Hiking Trail & SWA Watersports). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, stroll through Baldwin Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe planner.

London, UK to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to South Lake Tahoe. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in South Lake Tahoe are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, &more), Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Sonoma Coast State Beach, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Dunes, and explore the activities along Russian River.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Napa trip planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Napa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September; daily highs in Napa reach 32°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Eureka.

Things to do in Napa

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Eureka

— 6 nights
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Attractions like Redwood National Park and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka: Redwood National Park (Tall Trees Grove, California Coastal Trail, &more), Orick (Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Trillium Falls Hike, &more) and Weott (Founders Grove & Humboldt Redwoods State Park). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Avenue of the Giants, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Eureka trip planner.

Getting from Napa to Eureka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Napa in September, expect nights in Eureka to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 8 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 Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Park. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and walk around Crissy Field.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip maker.

You can fly from Eureka to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Eureka in September, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Bring the kids along to Asilomar State Beach and Point Lobos. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 10 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Village, stroll through Lembert Dome, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in October, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 8 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Star Wars Launch Bay, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 8 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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). The adventure continues: laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at AxeVentures.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online road trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

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.