13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

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

2
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 Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals as well as Russian River Adventures (SOAR Inflatables). On the 16th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa and then contemplate the waterfront views at Russian River Adventures (SOAR Inflatables). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Napa Valley Bike Tours & Rentals.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sonoma tour planner.

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

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Russian River Adventures (SOAR Inflatables), Napa Valley Bike Tours, Castello di Amorosa
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Auburn, then explore the activities along Lake Natoma, 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, then do a tasting at Bogle Winery, then examine the collection at California State Capitol and Museum, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sacramento itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to Sacramento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sonoma in July; daily highs in Sacramento reach 92°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Natoma, Old Town Auburn, Bogle Winery
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery ©
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vikingsholm and The Way It Was Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Sand Harbor and River Rafting & Tubing. When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, tee off at Edgewood Tahoe, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder than Sacramento - with highs of 81°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Grover Hot Springs State Park, The Way It Was Museum, Nevada Beach Campground, Sand Harbor
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Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olmsted Point and Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, make a trip to Valley View, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, and trek along Lembert Dome.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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