24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Bridgeport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  6 h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Calistoga

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 31st (Sun), do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, thenlearn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, thendo a tasting at Orin Swift Cellars, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Calistoga online day trip planner.

San Francisco to Calistoga is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Calistoga, with highs around 76°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings, Charles M. Schulz Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

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 2nd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, don't miss a visit to Tunnel Log, thencontemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Calistoga - with highs of 94°F and lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

2
nights
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. On the 4th (Thu), explore the activities along Bridgeport Reservoir, see a world frozen in time at Bodie State Historic Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Mono Lake Vista Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Travertine Hot Spring, get outside with Black Point Fissures, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lundy Lake.

Before you visit Bridgeport, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bridgeport with the Route module. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Bridgeport: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Black Point Fissures
Highlights from your plan
Travertine Hot Spring ©
Travertine Hot Spring
Black Point Fissures ©
Black Point Fissures
Mono Lake Vista Point ©
Mono Lake Vista Point

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Yosemite National Park fast, fun, and easy.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bridgeport to Yosemite National Park. In June in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eureka Mine and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Dante's View and Artists Dr. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take in the awesome beauty at Funeral Mountains, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are warmer (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Hans Christian Andersen Museum (in Solvang), Pismo Beach (Monarch Butterfly Grove & Pismo Pier) and SAARLOOSons (in Los Olivos). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara journey planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, around 56°F, while days are colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Summerland Winery, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Hans Christian Andersen Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Summerland Winery ©
Summerland Winery
Salt Cave ©
Salt Cave

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, stroll through Moonstone Beach, thentake a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, thenstep into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Cambria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: highs in Cambria hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

4
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and The Old Monterey Jail are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, stroll through Point Lobos, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Cambria in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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