13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Calistoga
— 2 nights
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Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive
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Fortuna
— 1 night
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Trinidad
— 3 nights
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Redding
— 1 night
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): hike along Lands End, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online attractions planner.

Hamburg, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Hamburg to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hamburg in April, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Calistoga.
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Calistoga — 2 nights

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 3rd (Tue), learn about winemaking at Pine Ridge Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, learn about winemaking at Prager Winery & Port Works, and then learn about winemaking at VGS Chateau Potelle.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Calistoga tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Calistoga hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mendocino.
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Mendocino — 1 night

Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mendocino Coast, then take an in-depth tour of Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, and then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mendocino day trip site.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Mendocino takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Mendocino are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fortuna.
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Fortuna — 1 night

Fortuna is a city the northeast shore of the Eel River, and is on U.S. Route 101 in west-central Humboldt County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Ferndale Historic Cemetery and then learn about winemaking at Clendenen's Cider Works.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fortuna trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mendocino to Fortuna in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Mendocino in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fortuna: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.
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Trinidad — 3 nights

Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Visiting Big Lagoon County Park and Trinidad State Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at College Cove and Kayak Trinidad. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moonstone Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Trinidad Art Gallery, immerse yourself in nature at Humboldt Lagoons State Park, and learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Trinidad road trip app.

Drive from Fortuna to Trinidad in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Redding.
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Redding — 1 night

Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Sacramento Rail Trail and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Clover Creek Preserve Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Redding online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Redding in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Trinidad in May, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Redding: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Natoma and then do a tasting at Bogle Winery.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sacramento online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Redding to Sacramento takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Sacramento sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly back 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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