15 days in California's Central Valley, California's Central Coast & California Deserts Itinerary

15 days in California's Central Valley, California's Central Coast & California Deserts Itinerary

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15 days in California's Central Valley, California's Central Coast & California Deserts Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Modesto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Moss Landing
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Lone Pine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Borrego Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  17​h
End: Osaka

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night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 1st (Fri), admire the striking features of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail, then examine the collection at California Automobile Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sacramento journey planner .

Osaka, Japan to Sacramento is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -17 hour difference. Traveling from Osaka in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sacramento, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Modesto.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California Automobile Museum ©
California Automobile Museum

2
nights
Modesto

Modesto ©
Modesto, officially the City of Modesto, is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. On the 3rd (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, trek along Tuolumne River Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Woodward Reservoir, and finally get your game on at Boomers Modesto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Modesto Arch, browse the range of quality goods at Bass Pro Shop, then enjoy some diversion at Big League Dreams, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Downtown Stockton Marina and Joan Darrah Promenade.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Modesto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Modesto in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Moss Landing.

Things to do in Modesto

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

Manteca, Woodward Reservoir, Downtown Stockton Marina and Joan Darrah Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Woodward Reservoir ©
Woodward Reservoir
Modesto Arch ©
Modesto Arch

1
night
Moss Landing

Moss Landing ©
Moss Landing is a census designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Mission San Juan Bautista, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and finally appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Moss Landing trip itinerary site .

Drive from Modesto to Moss Landing in 2.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Modesto in May: high temperatures in Moss Landing hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Moss Landing

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Mission San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip builder tool .

Drive from Moss Landing to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Moss Landing in May, you will find days in Cambria are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Piedras Blancas, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

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night
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Owens River, steep yourself in history at California Historical Landmark 507, see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, then hike along Horseshoe Meadow Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills.

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You can drive from Cambria to Lone Pine in 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Lone Pine can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Discover out-of-the-way places like Artists Dr and Ubehebe Crater. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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night
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 12th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Trees Trail, then explore and take pictures at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, then explore the fascinating landscape at Yaqui Well, and finally make a trip to Galleta Meadows.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Borrego Springs trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Borrego Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, with highs in Borrego Springs at 40°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows

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nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 13th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town La Quinta, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Coachella Valley Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Cabot's Pueblo Museum, then explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Borrego Springs to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Palm Springs can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Old Town La Quinta
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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