14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Olympic Valley
— 2 nights
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Bridgeport
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Pismo Beach

— 1 night
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pismo State Beach, kick back and relax at Avila Main Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluff Trail. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with Pismo Beach Dive Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach trip builder site.

Los Angeles to Pismo Beach is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, Pismo Beach is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in April, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Lovers Point, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bird Rock Vista Point.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Olympic Valley

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Fri), trek along Shirley Lake Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Granite Chief. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Spa at Squaw Creek, take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Olympic Valley itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Olympic Valley takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Monterey in April, plan for slightly colder days in Olympic Valley, with highs around 56°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Bridgeport

— 1 night
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), get great views at Mono Lake Vista Point, then identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, then contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Travertine Hot Spring.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bridgeport trip builder website.

Drive from Olympic Valley to Bridgeport in 3 hours. In May in Bridgeport, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Get outdoors at Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bridalveil Fall and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: admire the engineering at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bridgeport to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 55°F. You will leave for Death Valley National Park on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon. On the next day, cruise along Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course, then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and finally take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Death Valley National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Golf

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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.