13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— Few hours
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Sonoma
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Denver

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get curious at Exploratorium, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then make a trip to Lombard Street, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and then get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Denver to San Francisco is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

2
nights
Sacramento

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacramento Zoo, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sacramento journey website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary ©
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
Sacramento Zoo ©
Sacramento Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor, then take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and finally explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip site .

Getting from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in June, expect South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gatekeeper's Museum, Sand Harbor, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Speed Boats Tours

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll through Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and finally don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 94°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a splash at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. On your second day here, savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sonoma journey maker .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Sonoma in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect Sonoma to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 50°F. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ©
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Balloon Rides

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