13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
4
Carmel
— 1 night
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
7
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights

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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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip website.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Original Muscle Beach, thenstroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Original Muscle Beach ©
Original Muscle Beach

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Hawthorne Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, thenadmire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Big Sur online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Big Sur takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Big Sur to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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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. On the 30th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, learn about winemaking at Silvestri Vineyards, thenkick back and relax at Point Lobos, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel visit planning tool.

Drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stroll through Moro Rock and then stroll through Congress Trail.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or fly. While traveling from Carmel, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Taft Point make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Vernal Fall and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: hike along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 8.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove and then explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Redwood National Park trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Redwood National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): wander the streets of Chinatown, thensteep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, thenwander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally take a stroll through Nob Hill. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, thentake in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then get curious at Exploratorium.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Redwood National Park in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around °C and lows are around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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