22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
7
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  21​h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally explore the activities along San Francisco Bay. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Valletta, Malta to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and subway. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Valletta in September, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pick up some local products at Arcata Farmers' Market, explore the striking landscape at Camel Rock, then shop like a local with Trinidad Art Gallery, and finally learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Trinidad online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Trinidad. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit cooler in Trinidad: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Camel Rock, Arcata Farmers' Market, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery

2
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, then take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake, and then look for gifts at The Weed Store. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, then see the interesting displays at Siskiyou County Museum, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Shasta.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Shasta online route maker .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Mount Shasta takes 4 hours. When traveling from Trinidad in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mount Shasta, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Siskiyou County Museum, The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Siskiyou County Museum ©
Siskiyou County Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, then look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods, and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to South Lake Tahoe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mount Shasta in September: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 26°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
St Theresa Catholic Church ©
St Theresa Catholic Church

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Lee Vining and see Mono Lake County Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery, hike along Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Manzanar National Historic Site. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, and then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then stop by The Garden Gallery, and finally do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then learn about winemaking at McPrice Myers Winery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Paso Robles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Paso Robles, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Morro Bay, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Jack Creek Celllars ©
Jack Creek Celllars

5
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. Get some cultural insight at Carmel Art Association and Cannery Row Antique Mall. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, shop like a local with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Paso Robles to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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