14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Mammoth Lakes
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Los Angeles, Ferry to Avalon
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Avalon
— 1 night
Ferry to Long Beach, Fly to Charlotte

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Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Redwood National Park. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove, enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach, and hike along California Coastal Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Redwood National Park visit app.

Charlotte to Redwood National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: highs in Redwood National Park hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Santa Rosa

— 2 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
On the 28th (Mon), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Gary Farrell Winery and then do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Rosa trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Santa Rosa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Redwood National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Rosa, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): hike along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then get great views at Rocky Creek Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Rosa in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Big Sur, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Mary, then contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Big Sur to Mammoth Lakes in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in July: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 3rd (Sat), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, cruise along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary app.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Keys View, admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and then cruise along Geology Tour Road.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Joshua Tree National Park are 103°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Avalon.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Avalon

— 1 night
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): trek along Hermit Gulch Trail Loop, admire the natural beauty at Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, and then try to win big at Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Avalon sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Joshua Tree National Park to Avalon in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, expect nights in Avalon to be little chillier, around 61°F, while days are colder, around 77°F. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Avalon

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Casinos

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.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.

Catalina Island travel guide

3.2
Nightlife · Casinos · Monuments