16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Big Sur
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Lone Pine
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Three Rivers
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Big Sur

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pfeiffer State Beach, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Partington Cove, and other attractions you added.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur road trip planner.

Los Angeles to Big Sur is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect Big Sur to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You've added Badwater Basin, Charcoal Kilns, Artists Dr, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Big Sur to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in April, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Lone Pine

— 2 nights
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, trek along Horseshoe Meadow Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Lone Pine Creek, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and then examine the collection at Eastern California Museum.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lone Pine trip builder app.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine in 2 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 39°F in Lone Pine. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Your day by day itinerary now includes June Lake Loop, Convict Lake and Wild Willy's Hot Springs.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes vacation app.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Mammoth Lakes takes 2 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in May, things will get a bit cooler in Mammoth Lakes: highs are around 65°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Rabe Meadows and then kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe day trip planning website.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Valley Visitor Center. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bridalveil Fall and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Three Rivers.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Three Rivers

— 1 night
Three Rivers is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll around Slick Rock Recreation Area, take in the waterfront activity at Kaweah Marina, then admire the sheer force of Tokopah Falls, then steep yourself in history at The Presidente tree, and finally don't miss a visit to The Senate.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Three Rivers trip builder website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Three Rivers in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect nights in Three Rivers to be much warmer, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Three Rivers

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

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.
To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Three Rivers to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in an hour. May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.