14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
car:  7​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
car:  6​h 30​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
End: South Lake Tahoe

1
night
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 24th (Mon): stroll through Keller Beach Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco planning site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Keller Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the galleries of Seymour Marine Discovery Center, admire the majestic nature at Wilder Ranch State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pleasure Point Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Wilder Ranch State Park ©
Wilder Ranch State Park
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Explore hidden gems such as Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Sand Dollar Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, trek along Partington Cove, and enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Big Sur trip simple and quick.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. June in Big Sur sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): cruise along Generals Hwy, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then trek along Moro Rock. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, walk around Kings Beach State Recreation Area, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach and then stroll through Baldwin Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nevada Beach Campground, Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Kings Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground

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