24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Barstow
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Exeter
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Clovis
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Fresno
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Big Sur
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Carmel
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
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Half Moon Bay
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South San Francisco
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San Francisco
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Bodega Bay
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Mendocino
— 1 night
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Fort Bragg
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Eureka
— 1 night
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Redwood National Park
— 1 day
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Crescent City
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Redwood National Park
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McKinleyville
— 1 night
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Redding
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Stockton
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
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Kingman
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Barstow

— 1 night
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Barstow trip maker website.

Tucson to Barstow is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tucson to Barstow, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Barstow are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Exeter.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums · Theme Parks · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Exeter

— 1 night
Exeter is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Exeter Murals.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Exeter trip planner.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Exeter takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Barstow in May, plan for little chillier nights in Exeter, with lows around 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Tue), cruise along Generals Hwy.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Exeter to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 day

A Land of Giants

Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, then hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Clovis.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Clovis

— 1 night
Clovis is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Clovis trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Clovis in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Clovis can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fresno.

Things to do in Clovis

Fun & Games · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Fresno

The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fresno tour itinerary planner.

Fresno is just a short distance from Clovis. May in Fresno sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nightlife

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Fresno to Big Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Fresno in May, expect nights in Big Sur to be little chillier, around 51°F, while days are much colder, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Museums · Shopping
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Carmel

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel and then look for gifts at Kurtz Culinary.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning website.

You can drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping · Museums
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Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at Del Monte Beach and then shop like a local with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Elkhorn Slough Safari, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moss Landing State Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marina State Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour itinerary planner.

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In May in Monterey, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Shark Fin Cove and then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Half Moon Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in May, expect nights in Half Moon Bay to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to South San Francisco.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

South San Francisco

South San Francisco is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by See's Candies.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the South San Francisco journey tool.

South San Francisco is just a stone's throw from Half Moon Bay. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in May, you will find days in South San Francisco are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South San Francisco

Shopping
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker.

San Francisco is just a stone's throw from South San Francisco. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bodega Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Doran Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bodega Bay itinerary maker.

Drive from San Francisco to Bodega Bay in 1.5 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bodega Bay, with highs around 76°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Bodega Bay

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Mendocino

— 1 night
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mendocino journey builder tool.

Getting from Bodega Bay to Mendocino by car takes about 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Fri) before leaving for Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Outdoors

Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Sea Glass Museum and then kick back and relax at Noyo Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg road trip planner.

Fort Bragg is just a stone's throw from Mendocino. In May, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Eureka

— 1 night
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 14th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikshari Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Eureka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Eureka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in May, plan for little chillier days in Eureka, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Redwood National Park

— 1 day
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park holiday planning tool.

Getting from Eureka to Redwood National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Redwood National Park are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Crescent City.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
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Crescent City

— 1 night
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Crescent City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Crescent City takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Redwood National Park

— 1 day
On the 16th (Sun), kick back and relax at Enderts Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Redwood National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Crescent City to Redwood National Park in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to McKinleyville.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

McKinleyville

— 1 night
McKinleyville is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California, United States. For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the McKinleyville road trip planner.

You can drive from Redwood National Park to McKinleyville in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in McKinleyville are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Redding.

Things to do in McKinleyville

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Redding

Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Your day by day itinerary now includes McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

Find out how to plan Redding trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from McKinleyville to Redding takes 3 hours. Traveling from McKinleyville in May, you will find days in Redding are warmer (84°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Stockton.

Things to do in Redding

Parks
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Stockton

— 1 night
Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. State of California. For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stockton trip planner.

You can drive from Redding to Stockton in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May, daytime highs in Stockton are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Stockton

Wineries · Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yosemite Museum Gallery, Ansel Adams Gallery, Taft Point, and other attractions. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Stockton to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Stockton in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 34°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Mammoth Lakes fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Mammoth Lakes sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 34°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Kingman.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Kingman

— 1 night
Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kingman trip planner.

Drive from Mammoth Lakes to Kingman in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, Kingman is somewhat warmer than Mammoth Lakes - with highs of 83°F and lows of 52°F. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Mendocino County travel guide

4.5
Beaches · State Parks · Scenic Drive
Endowed with a dramatic and undeveloped coast and forests of towering redwood trees, Mendocino County draws residents of the San Francisco Bay Area looking for a peaceful vacation. Tranquil sand beaches backed by cliffs offer prime sunset viewing. State parks present scenic hiking and biking options, and wineries serve up fine California vintages. Mendocino County's nutrient-rich soil has also made it a leading area for the cultivation of marijuana--much of which goes to Bay Area medical cannabis dispensaries--and the area has a reputation for brewing fine craft beers. The county also contains numerous points of historical interest, including lighthouses on the coast and museums detailing the region's past. In Mendocino's easygoing towns, you'll encounter small art galleries and charming boutiques.