23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Drive:  10​h
1
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Stockton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Modesto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Oakland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h
End: Salt Lake City

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento and then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sacramento trip itinerary maker.

Salt Lake City to Sacramento is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Sacramento, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in May, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Stockton.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront

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Stockton

Stockton ©
Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Funtown Amusement Park at Micke Grove State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockton travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Stockton takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Stockton are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Stockton

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Funtown Amusement Park at Micke Grove State Park
Highlights from your plan

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. Visiting El Capitan and May Lake Trailhead will get you outdoors. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Groveland--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park custom trip planner.

Drive from Stockton to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Stockton in May; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 65°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Modesto.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

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Modesto

Modesto ©
Modesto, officially the City of Modesto, is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. On the 25th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Glamis Dunes, contemplate the long history of McHenry Mansion, and then pause for some photo ops at Modesto Arch.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Modesto itinerary builder.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Modesto in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Modesto are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are much warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oakland.

Things to do in Modesto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Glamis Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Glamis Dunes ©
Glamis Dunes
McHenry Mansion ©
McHenry Mansion
Modesto Arch ©
Modesto Arch

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Oakland

Oakland ©
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): wander the streets of Shattuck Avenue, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Piedmont Funeral Home Mountain View Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Oakland Museum of California.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Oakland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Modesto to Oakland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Modesto in May: highs in Oakland hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to San Francisco.

Things to do in Oakland

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shattuck Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Shattuck Avenue ©
Shattuck Avenue
Oakland Museum of California ©
Oakland Museum of California
Mountain View Cemetery ©
Mountain View Cemetery

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Bodega Head and Drakes Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Wine Country Chocolates (in Glen Ellen). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planner.

San Francisco is just a stone's throw from Oakland. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wine Country Chocolates, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Drakes Beach, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): engage your brain at Seymour Marine Discovery Center and then admire the majestic nature at Wilder Ranch State Park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Wilder Ranch State Park ©
Wilder Ranch State Park
Seymour Marine Discovery Center ©
Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur trip generator.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 53°F at night. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach and then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in June, you will find days in San Simeon are little chillier (58°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
On the 4th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of State Street and then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Barbara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to The Grove and Amoeba Musicfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 78°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip generator.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool