20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary builder
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Angels Camp
— 1 night
Drive
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Fresno
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive
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San Clemente
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fresno
— 1 night
Drive
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Walnut Grove
— 1 day
Drive
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Sacramento
— 8 nights

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San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planning site.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for South Lake Tahoe.
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Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm and then take a memorable drive along Inspiration Point Vista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, soothe aching muscles at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Angels Camp.
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Fun & Games · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Angels Camp — 1 night

Angels Camp, also known as City of Angels and formerly Angel's Camp, Angels, Angels City, Carson's Creek and Clearlake, is the only incorporated city in Calaveras County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by Marisolio Tasting Bar and then do a tasting at Ironstone Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Angels Camp journey builder tool.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Angels Camp in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September: high temperatures in Angels Camp hover around 35°C and lows are around 14°C. You will leave for Fresno on the 18th (Sun).
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Fresno — 2 nights

The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinzen Japanese Garden and then pause for some serene contemplation at St George Greek Orthodox Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Old Town Clovis, trek along Blossom Trail, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fresno itinerary planner.

Getting from Angels Camp to Fresno by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Angels Camp in September: high temperatures in Fresno hover around 39°C and lows are around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Pismo Beach.
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Pismo Beach — 1 night

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. On the 20th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pismo Beach holiday tool.

You can drive from Fresno to Pismo Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fresno in September, with highs in Pismo Beach at 33°C and lows at 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.
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Historic Sites

Santa Barbara — 1 day

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Clemente.
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San Clemente — 3 nights

San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California, United States. San Clemente is known for sightseeing, beaches, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Courtney's SandCastle Universal Playground, walk around Hill Top Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of San Clemente Downtown District.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Clemente trip maker site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Clemente in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Clemente, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Fresno.
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Fresno — 1 night

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fresno travel route planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Clemente to Fresno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Clemente in September, you will find days in Fresno are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). You will leave for Walnut Grove on the 25th (Sun).
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Walnut Grove — 1 day

Walnut Grove is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sacramento County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): do a tasting at Provenance Vineyards.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Walnut Grove holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fresno to Walnut Grove takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Fresno in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Walnut Grove. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sacramento.
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Sacramento — 8 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Venture out of the city with trips to Auburn (Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum & Ashley Dog Park), Beer Tastings & Tours (in Fairfield) and Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (in Davis). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sacramento, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Walnut Grove to Sacramento by car takes about an hour. In September in Sacramento, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night.
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California travel guide

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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.
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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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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.
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