22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ventura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paicines
— 1 night
Drive
7
Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 1 night
Drive
9
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): trek along Ryan Mountain and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and finally explore and take pictures at Geology Tour Road.

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Denver to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Joshua Tree National Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Denver, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin. On your second day here, tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, trek along Gower Gulch Loop, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

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You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ventura.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Ventura

— 3 nights
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park as well as Santa Barbara Adventure Company. On the 6th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then look for gifts at Ventura Harbor Village. On the next day, see Santa Barbara Adventure Company, get all the information you need at The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park, and then take in the waterfront at Ventura Pier and Promenade.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ventura road trip planning site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Ventura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, you will find days in Ventura are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Ventura

Shopping · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 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.
Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Three Rivers and see The Presidente tree, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Ventura to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Ventura in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Paicines.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Paicines

— 1 night
The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680ft above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paicines driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Paicines. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with highs in Paicines at 74°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in Paicines

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Park, Point Reyes Hiking Trails and Muir Woods National Monument. On the 17th (Wed), stroll around Golden Gate Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Drakes Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Reyes Lighthouse, and then trek along Point Reyes Hiking Trails.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Point Reyes National Seashore day trip planning site.

You can drive from Paicines to Point Reyes National Seashore in 3.5 hours. May in Point Reyes National Seashore sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park

— 1 night
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
On the 19th (Fri), get impressive views of Sulphur Works, then contemplate the waterfront views at Manzanita Lake, and then contemplate the geological forces at Lassen Peak .

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Getting from Point Reyes National Seashore to Lassen Volcanic National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Point Reyes National Seashore in May, things will get a bit warmer in Lassen Volcanic National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Nature · Parks

Redwood National Park

— 3 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail, and then take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Redwood National Park vacation 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 colder days and little chillier nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.