16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  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
Drive:  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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Panorama Trail and Lembert Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: Bridgeport (Mono County Museum & Travertine Hot Spring) and Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining). There's much more to do: stroll through Four Mile Trail, make a trip to Pothole Dome, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Denver to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park, make a trip to Lovers Point, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carmel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can 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
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visit Noyo Headlands Park and Pudding Creek Beach for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mendocino Art Center and Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Bragg: Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Navarro Vineyards). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, explore the activities along Big River, make a trip to Albion River Bridge, and examine the collection at Guest House Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fort Bragg travel route planning site .

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, train, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Fort Bragg are much hotter (89°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). 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.
On the 29th (Sat), tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and then stroll through Nevada Beach Campground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to South Lake Tahoe, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Fort Bragg to South Lake Tahoe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fort Bragg in June, expect South Lake Tahoe to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nevada Beach Campground, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ©
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Basin Recreation Area, and then see the interesting displays at Western Pacific Railroad Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic Valley day trip planning website .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Olympic Valley in 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, plan for little chillier nights in Olympic Valley, with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Incline Village, Donner Summit Historical Museum, Lake Basin Recreation Area, Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge
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 take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Project Survival's Cat Haven. On the next day, trek along Mount Whitney Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest, and then examine the collection at Eastern California Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic Valley to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. When traveling from Olympic Valley in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Project Survival's Cat Haven, Eastern California Museum, Mount Whitney Trail, 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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