16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
You've now added Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve to your itinerary. On the 15th (Wed), trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then see some colorful creatures with San Diego Scuba Guide, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, then explore and take pictures at Razor Point and Beach Trail Loop, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online attractions planner.

Atlanta to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, San Diego is a bit cooler than Atlanta - with highs of 73°F and lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Keys View as well as Hidden Valley Nature Trail. On the 17th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much hotter days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 102°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Twenty Mule Team Canyon as well as Dante's View. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

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You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 62°F. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 21st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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 Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
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 25th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Lake Tahoe Yoga, then try your luck at Harveys Casino, and then admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Casinos · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park

— 2 nights
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Cold Boiling Lake, contemplate the geological forces at Lassen Peak , explore the activities along Manzanita Lake, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sulphur Works, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Kitchen. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lassen Volcanic National Park attractions planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Lassen Volcanic National Park in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June: highs in Lassen Volcanic National Park hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Parks · Nature

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Enderts Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Redwood National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Redwood National Park in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Lassen Volcanic National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 49°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey website.

Traveling by flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

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
Zipline · Ski Areas · 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.