28 days in California & Beatty Itinerary

28 days in California & Beatty Itinerary

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28 days in California & Beatty Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Colusa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Graeagle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Amador City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
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Visalia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Ridgecrest
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Lone Pine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Beatty
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Baker
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
15
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
16
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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San Francisco
— 1 night
End: San Francisco

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Muir Beach as well as Golden Gate Promenade. We've included these beaches for you: Bodega Head and Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail. Get in touch with nature at Tomales Bay State Park and Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In February in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mendocino.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Tomales Bay State Park, Muir Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Muir Beach
Muir Beach
Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail ©

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Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. You've added Clear Lake, Jackson State Forest, Glass Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Jug Handle State Reserve and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Step off the beaten path and head to Sonoma Valley and Albion River Bridge. When in Mendocino, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 3 hours away.

For maps and tourist information, read our Mendocino road trip tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Mendocino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, Mendocino is little chillier at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colusa.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Fort Bragg, Albion River Bridge, Sonoma Valley, Gualala Point Regional Park, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

1
night
Colusa

Colusa
Colusa is the county seat of Colusa County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Table Mountain as well as South Butte.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colusa visit planner.

You can drive from Mendocino to Colusa in 3.5 hours. In February in Colusa, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Graeagle.

Things to do in Colusa

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

South Butte, Table Mountain

1
night
Graeagle

Graeagle ©
Graeagle is a census-designated place (CDP) located about 60mi from Reno, Nevada and 46mi from Truckee, California in Plumas County, California, United States. Lake Basin Recreation Area has been added to your itinerary.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Graeagle tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Colusa to Graeagle by car takes about 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Colusa in February: highs in Graeagle hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Graeagle

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gold Lake
Highlights from your plan
Lake Basin Recreation Area ©
Lake Basin Recreation Area

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
You've now added Miners Ravine Trail Loop to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Effie Yeaw Nature Center and then stroll through Lodi Lake Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento road trip planning site .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Sacramento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in February, things will get a bit warmer in Sacramento: highs are around 20°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Miners Ravine Trail Loop

1
night
Amador City

Amador City ©
Amador City is a city in Amador County, California, United States. To find out how to plan a trip to Amador City, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Amador City in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect Amador City to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amador City

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Rancho Seco Recreational Area
Highlights from your plan
Rancho Seco Recreational Area ©
Rancho Seco Recreational Area

1
night
Visalia

Visalia
Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Visalia travel planner .

Traveling by car from Amador City to Visalia takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Amador City in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Visalia: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Ridgecrest.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks Nature Outdoors

3
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Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest ©
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fossil Falls, Telescope Peak trail and Panamint Range. Discover out-of-the-way places like Red Rock Canyon State Park and Little Petroglyph Canyon.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ridgecrest trip planner .

Traveling by car from Visalia to Ridgecrest takes 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ridgecrest can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park, Fossil Falls, Red Rock Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Red Rock Canyon State Park ©
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Telescope Peak trail ©
Telescope Peak trail

2
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Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alabama Hills as well as Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alabama Hills, trek along Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, and then see the interesting displays at Eastern California Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Big Stump Basin and then explore the stunning scenery at Lone Pine Creek.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lone Pine trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Ridgecrest to Lone Pine in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ridgecrest in February, Lone Pine is a bit cooler at night with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Beatty.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Eastern California Museum, Big Stump Basin
Highlights from your plan
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

1
night
Beatty

Beatty ©
Beatty is an unincorporated town along the Amargosa River in Nye County in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gower Gulch Loop, Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Natural Bridge Canyon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gower Gulch Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then make a trip to Ashford Mill Ruins.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Beatty sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lone Pine to Beatty takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lone Pine in February, Beatty is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Baker.

Things to do in Beatty

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park
Highlights from your plan
Gower Gulch Loop ©
Gower Gulch Loop
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
Baker

Baker ©
Baker is a census-designated place located in San Bernardino County, California, USA. For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Baker online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Beatty to Baker in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Beatty in February since evenings lows in Baker dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Joshua Tree National Park.
Highlights from your plan
Ibex Dunes ©
Ibex Dunes

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip maker app .

You can drive from Baker to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Joshua Tree National Park are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Visiting Bump and Grind Trail and Palm Canyon will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Lykken Trail and Indian Canyons Hiking Trails.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Palm Springs tour planner .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bump and Grind Trail

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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.
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Palm Springs in February, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Barbara: highs are around 22°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

1
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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). On the 1st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cambria trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Cambria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach
Highlights from your plan
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing

1
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): trek along Scenic Road Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at Photography West Gallery, take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, then admire all the interesting features of Lovers Point, and finally make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Poppy Hills Golf Course, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Cambria to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Cambria in March, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pebble Beach, Coast Gallery Big Sur, Gallery by the Sea Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Poppy Hills Golf Course ©
Poppy Hills Golf Course

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San Francisco

San Francisco
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

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