23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive
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Tahoe City
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Three Rivers
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Gatos
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, walk around Crissy Field, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip tool.

Berlin, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room, then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and then grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sacramento trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Sacramento takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Sacramento

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Tahoe City

— 4 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Take a break from Tahoe City with a short trip to Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum in Truckee, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the activities along Lake Tahoe, explore and take pictures at Inspiration Point Vista, and contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tahoe City day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sacramento to Tahoe City in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Sacramento in July, plan for little chillier days in Tahoe City, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Tahoe City in July, with lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Three Rivers.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Three Rivers

— 1 night
Three Rivers is an unincorporated community in Tulare County, California, United States. On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Exeter Murals.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Three Rivers trip itinerary maker.

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 July, things will get a bit warmer in Three Rivers: highs are around 43°C and lows about 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Fri) before leaving for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Highlights from your trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Congress Trail, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Three Rivers to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes an hour. In July in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arriveĀ 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 2nd (Sun): learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery and then get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the activities along Monterey Bay, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and finally take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to Los Gatos.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Los Gatos

— 2 nights
Los Gatos is an incorporated U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll around Oak Meadow Park and then hike along Limekiln Trail. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Loch Lomond Recreation Area, then admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Gatos day trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to Los Gatos by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Gatos, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Los Gatos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.