29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Beverly Hills
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Malibu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
St. Helena
— 3 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
10
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
11
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Newark


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3
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego trip tool .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

1
night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then walk around Heisler Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Virga Gallery. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pageant of the Masters, then take a leisurely stroll along Main Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Ruth Mayer Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Laguna Beach itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Main Beach ©
Main Beach
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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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 14th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at California Science Center, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills ©
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. William S. Hart Museum & Ranch and Greystone Mansion and Park will appeal to history buffs. The Wende Museum of the Cold War and Rodeo Drive are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Beverly Hills to Lake Hughes to see Running Horse Ranch about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Museum of Jurassic Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, cruise along Mulholland Drive, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Beverly Hills vacation planner .

Beverly Hills is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in Beverly Hills to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Culver City, Running Horse Ranch, William S. Hart Museum & Ranch
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The Wende Museum of the Cold War ©
The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Museum of Jurassic Technology ©
Museum of Jurassic Technology

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market. On your second day here, see the sky in a new way at Camera Obscura, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Monica Museum of Art.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica vacation app .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Beverly Hills. In July in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

2
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 21st (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Malibu Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, and then kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, then kick back and relax at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Paramount Ranch.

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Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Malibu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Malibu can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Paramount Ranch
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Malibu Lagoon State Beach ©
Malibu Lagoon State Beach

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Visit Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve and Carpinteria State Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore and learn at Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary app .

Getting from Malibu to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Malibu in July since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Butterfly Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park.

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You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 28th (Tue), do a tasting at Trinchero Napa Valley and then learn about winemaking at Alpha Omega Winery. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, then stop by Dean & DeLuca, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena online day trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Beringer Vineyards ©
Beringer Vineyards

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

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Traveling by combination of bus, subway, flight, and car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from St. Helena in July, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Geologist's Cabin and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley--about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online holiday planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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