25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Chico
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Tehachapi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kelowna

2
nights
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Lucero Olive Oil, stop by Olive Pit, then do a tasting at New Clairvaux Vineyard, then get advice or help at Lake Oroville Visitors Center, and finally snap pictures at Honey Run Covered Bridge. On your second day here, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Eighth & Main Antique Center, then examine the collection at Gold Nugget Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Chinese Temple.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chico road trip planning tool .

Kelowna, Canada to Chico is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In January, daily temperatures in Chico can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Chico

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oroville, Corning, Gold Nugget Museum, New Clairvaux Vineyard
Highlights from your plan
Olive Pit ©
Olive Pit
Gold Nugget Museum ©
Gold Nugget Museum
Chinese Temple ©
Chinese Temple

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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Siskiyou County Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Living Memorial Sculpture, and then stop by The Weed Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Siskiyou, then get curious at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and then stop by Soul Connections.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mount Shasta online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Chico to Mount Shasta in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chico in January; daily highs in Mount Shasta reach 9°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Weed, Siskiyou County Museum
Highlights from your plan
Living Memorial Sculpture ©
Living Memorial Sculpture
Siskiyou County Museum ©
Siskiyou County Museum
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum ©
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mono County Museum and Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Popular historic sites such as Bodie State Historic Park and Northern Mariposa County History Center are in your itinerary. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mount Shasta in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tehachapi.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Northern Mariposa County History Center
Highlights from your plan
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

3
nights
Tehachapi

Tehachapi ©
Tehachapi is a city in Kern County, California, in the Tehachapi Mountains, at an elevation of between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.Tehachapi is 35mi east-southeast of Bakersfield, and west of Mojave. Head to Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and California Fruit Depotfor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Air Force Flight Test Museum and Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to The Cat House (in Rosamond) and Outlets at Tejon (in Arvin). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Tehachapi Museum, contemplate the long history of Tehachapi Loop, and learn about winemaking at Souza Family Vineyard.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tehachapi trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Tehachapi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, things will get a bit warmer in Tehachapi: highs are around 13°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Tehachapi

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

California Fruit Depot, Air Force Flight Test Museum, The Cat House, Outlets at Tejon
Highlights from your plan
Air Force Flight Test Museum ©
Air Force Flight Test Museum
The Cat House ©
The Cat House
Tehachapi Loop ©
Tehachapi Loop

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like State Street and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Do your shopping at The Sacred Space and The Good Life. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop (in Buellton), Solvang Antiques (in Solvang) and Global Gardens (in Los Olivos). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara journey maker .

Drive from Tehachapi to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. In January, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer than Tehachapi - with highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Solvang, The Sacred Space, The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, Global Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

4
nights
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.
The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Griffith Observatory and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, take an in-depth tour of Avila Adobe, browse the different shops at The Grove, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bergamot Station, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palm Springs Air Museum and Antique Galleries of Palm Springs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palm Springs Art Museum and Brandini Toffee. Venture out of the city with trips to La Quinta Museum (in La Quinta) and CODA Gallery (in Palm Desert). The adventure continues: take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District, explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, admire all the interesting features of Indian Canyons, and look for gifts at Crystal Fantasy.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs tour builder app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palm Desert, La Quinta Museum
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or The Spice & Tea Exchange. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Union Square, steep yourself in history at Haas - Lilienthal House, browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito, and stop by Tiffany and Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Palm Springs to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Palm Springs in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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