30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
8
Orick
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h
End: Chicago

3
nights
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, walk around Ellen Browning Scripps Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Chicago to San Diego is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

5
nights
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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Two Rodeo Drive
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

6
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Valley View, don't miss a visit to Half Dome, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park driving holiday tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, get curious at Exploratorium, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
Napa is known for wineries, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano and don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa trip website.

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 June, you will find days in Napa are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sonoma
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Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano
Sonoma Barracks ©
Sonoma Barracks

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Take a break from Healdsburg with a short trip to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Healdsburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mendocino.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

1
night
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendocino road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Mendocino takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Orick.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Russian Gulch State Park ©
Russian Gulch State Park

3
nights
Orick

Orick ©
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Orick road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Mendocino to Orick in 4 hours. While traveling from Mendocino, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Orick, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Orick

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Redwood National Park
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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