13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Ventura
— 1 night
Unknown
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Channel Islands National Park
— 1 day
Unknown
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): trek along Lands End, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Greenville to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Greenville in June, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Carmel

— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel, look for gifts at Kurtz Culinary, then immerse yourself in nature at Garrapata State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Bird Rock Vista Point, then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and then trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. June in Carmel sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 29th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cambria trip maker.

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Cambria are much hotter (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ventura.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Ventura

— 1 night
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ventura day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Ventura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cambria in June: highs in Ventura hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 59°F. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel to Channel Islands National Park.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Channel Islands National Park

— 1 day
The coast of Southern California might be one of the most densely populated areas of the United States, but a quick hop out to Channel Islands National Park provides a picture of coastal living in the region before human development.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): Head underground at The Sea Caves and then step off the mainland to explore Santa Cruz Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Channel Islands National Park planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ventura to Channel Islands National Park. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Channel Islands National Park

Nature · Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

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 2nd (Fri): hike along Congress Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and then trek along Big Stump Basin. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Channel Islands National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Traveling from Channel Islands National Park in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are warmer (98°F), and nights are a bit warmer (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. There's lots more to do: hike along Nevada Falls Loop, get outside with YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are colder with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

San Francisco

City by the Bay

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Coit Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Highlights from your trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.