23 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Fremont
— 2 nights
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Monterey
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Santa Maria
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Bakersfield
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Fresno
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
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Mariposa
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Placerville
— 1 day
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Napa
— 3 nights
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Vacaville
— 1 night
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Fremont
— 1 night
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. You will leave for Fremont on the 2nd (Fri).
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Fremont — 2 nights

Fremont is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. San Francisco Premium Outlets has been added to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Fremont trip website.

Drive from San Francisco to Fremont in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Fremont are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey route website.

You can drive from Fremont to Monterey in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Fremont, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Maria.
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Santa Maria — 1 night

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Maria online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Maria, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue, and finally stop by LA Farmers' Market.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Maria in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Bay Walk. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 48 minutes away.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bakersfield.
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Bakersfield — 1 night

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield online day trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Bakersfield in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Bakersfield hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You will leave for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 11th (Sun).
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A Land of Giants

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail and then take a memorable tour with Sequoia Sightseeing Tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Bakersfield to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bakersfield in September since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Fresno.
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Fresno — 1 night

The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fresno online day trip planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Fresno in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Fresno are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 12th (Mon).
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Yosemite National Park — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, then explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning app.

Getting from Fresno to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fresno in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mariposa.
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Mariposa — 1 night

Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mariposa online trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mariposa by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect Mariposa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 17°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker site.

Drive from Mariposa to Yosemite National Park in an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mariposa in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 2 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.
To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Placerville.
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Placerville — 1 day

Placerville is the county seat of El Dorado County, California. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a taste of life in the country at Mill View Ranch, explore the activities along South Fork American River, and then take an in-depth tour of El Dorado County Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Placerville planning app.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Placerville takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, expect nights in Placerville to be much hotter, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.
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Sacramento — 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 15th (Thu), look for gifts at Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sacramento attractions planning app.

You can drive from Placerville to Sacramento in an hour. Traveling from Placerville in September, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Fort Point, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

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Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Sacramento, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for Napa.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balloon Rides and Tule Elk Preserve. Get some historical perspective at Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and Mountain Cemetery. Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol), Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen). And it doesn't end there: stop by Oxbow Public Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Quent Cordair Fine Art, identify plant and animal life at Skyline Wilderness Park, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Napa road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Napa is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Vacaville.
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Vacaville — 1 night

Vacaville is a city located in Solano County in Northern California. On the 21st (Wed), experience rural life at Morningsun Herb Farm, stroll around Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Regional Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Nut Tree Family Park, then get some fabulous bargains at Vacaville Premium Outlets, and finally walk around Andrews Park. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Larry's Produce and then take in breathtaking views at Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vacaville road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to Vacaville takes an hour. In September, Vacaville is a bit warmer than Napa - with highs of 37°C and lows of 17°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fremont.
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Fremont — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pick up some local products at Pleasanton Farmers' Market and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garin Regional Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fremont trip planner.

Getting from Vacaville to Fremont by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Vacaville in September, you will find days in Fremont are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for 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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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.
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Napa Valley travel guide

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Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.
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