28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Napa
— 3 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Visalia
— 3 nights
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Tahoe City
— 2 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Cleveland to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cleveland to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in October, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Napa

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Napa Valley Wine Country Tours. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, then stop by Oxbow Public Market, then get a tailor-made plan with Napa Valley Wine Country Tours, and finally learn about winemaking at JaM Cellars. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Sequoia Grove Winery, do a tasting at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, do a tasting at Taylor Family Vineyards, then do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Napa road trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Napa in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with highs in Napa at 77°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Anaheim.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Transportation · Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park. There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Big Thunder Ranch, try out the rides at Downtown Disney District, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Phantom Ales.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim online journey planner.

You can fly from Napa to Anaheim in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Napa in October: high temperatures in Anaheim hover around 84°F and lows are around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Pack the 13th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles planning app.

Drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

San Diego

— 3 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.
You've now added San Diego Zoo to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 64°F at night. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Visalia.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Visalia

— 3 nights
Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. You've now added Sequoia National Park to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sequoia National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Visalia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Visalia in 5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Visalia when traveling from San Diego in October, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Visalia

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Tahoe City

— 2 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Lake Tahoe. There's much more to do: hike along Stateline Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Falls Trail, grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, and take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tahoe City using our trip planner.

Drive from Visalia to Tahoe City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Visalia, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Tahoe City, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica journey maker website.

Traveling by flight from Tahoe City to Santa Monica takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tahoe City in October: highs in Santa Monica hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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.