16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Denver
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 45 min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Olympic Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Denver

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panorama Trail and Travertine Hot Spring. Venture out of the city with trips to Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Mono County Museum (in Bridgeport). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, trek along Four Mile Trail, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing app.

Denver to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Yosemite National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. On the 24th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, then make a trip to Lovers Point, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll explore and learn at Mendocino Art Center and Guest House Museum. Bring the kids along to Pudding Creek Beach and Noyo Headlands Park. Explore Fort Bragg's surroundings by going to Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Navarro Vineyards). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, snap pictures at Albion River Bridge, explore the activities along Big River, and see the interesting displays at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Big River ©
Big River

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): play a few rounds at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fort Bragg to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, South Lake Tahoe is a bit cooler than Fort Bragg - with highs of 77°F and lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Nevada Beach Campground, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ©
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

2
nights
Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Donner Summit Historical Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Basin Recreation Area, and then see the interesting displays at Western Pacific Railroad Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Olympic Valley driving holiday planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Olympic Valley in 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 36°F in Olympic Valley. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Incline Village, Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Donner Summit Historical Museum, Lake Basin Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Lake Basin Recreation Area ©
Lake Basin Recreation Area
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
Western Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Western Pacific Railroad Museum

3
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.
On the 3rd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Project Survival's Cat Haven. On your second day here, hike along Mount Whitney Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Inyo National Forest, and then see the interesting displays at Eastern California Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Olympic Valley to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Olympic Valley in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are much hotter (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Whitney Trail, Eastern California Museum, Project Survival's Cat Haven, Inyo National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin

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