12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Morgan Hill
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Sonoma
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Morgan Hill

3
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Russian River Adventures (SOAR Inflatables), Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals and Castello di Amorosa.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sonoma vacation planner.

Morgan Hill to Sonoma is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Morgan Hill in July since evenings lows in Sonoma dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Russian River Adventures (SOAR Inflatables), Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley Bike Tours
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes American River Bicycle Trail as well as Old Sacramento. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Old Sacramento, then stroll through American River Bicycle Trail, and then take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion State Historic Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum and then examine the collection at California State Capitol and Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sacramento tour planner.

Getting from Sonoma to Sacramento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Sacramento is somewhat warmer than Sonoma - with highs of 92°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
American River Bicycle Trail ©
American River Bicycle Trail
Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Tahoe Cruises, Heavenly Valley Scenic Gondola Ride, Anderson's Bicycle Rental, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nevada State Museum and The Way It Was Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, South Lake Tahoe is a bit cooler than Sacramento - with highs of 81°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe Cruises, Crystal Bay Club Casino, Emerald Bay State Park, Nevada State Museum, The Way It Was Museum
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Anderson's Bicycle Rental ©
Anderson's Bicycle Rental
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bridalveil Fall as well as Glacier Point. Take a break from the city and head to Tenaya Lake and Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Olmsted Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Merced Grove, cast your line with a fishing tour, and make a trip to Valley View.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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