31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h
1
Geyserville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Philo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Mount Shasta
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Independence
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Geyserville

Geyserville ©
Geyserville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Sonoma County, California, USA. Escape the urban bustle at Fort Ross State Historic Park and Salt Point State Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Geyserville side-trips: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Ramazzotti Wine Tasting.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Geyserville trip planner .

San Francisco to Geyserville is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Geyserville are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are little chillier (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Geyserville

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Jenner, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

2
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. On the 4th (Sat), do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars, then relax in the rural setting at Pennyroyal Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Schooner Gulch State Beach. On the next day, do a tasting at Navarro Vineyards, do a tasting at Husch Vineyards, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Philo holiday planner.

Drive from Geyserville to Philo in 1.5 hours. In May in Philo, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Point Arena, Pennyroyal Farm
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Husch Vineyards ©
Husch Vineyards

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Noyo Headlands Park and Black Sands Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Seaside Beach and Pudding Creek Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Briceland Vineyards in Redway (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Glass Beach, get engrossed in the history at Kelley House Museum, see the interesting displays at Triangle Tattoo and Museum, and view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Philo to Fort Bragg takes 1.5 hours. In May in Fort Bragg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mendocino, Briceland Vineyards, Black Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach

4
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. Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park and Large Junk Art Sculptures are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Cinder Cone and Castle Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mount Shasta: Fort Crook Museum (in Fall River Mills), Jake Jackson Museum (in Weaverville) and Devil's Kitchen (in Lassen Volcanic National Park). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Castle Crags State Park, stop by Soul Connections, engage your brain at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mount Shasta online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Mount Shasta takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in May, expect Mount Shasta to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Weaverville, Fort Crook Museum, Large Junk Art Sculptures, Castle Crags State Park
Highlights from your plan
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Cinder Cone ©
Cinder Cone

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Step out of the city life by going to Bridalveil Fall and Vernal Fall. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mount Shasta in May: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F and lows are around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Independence.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
Independence

Independence ©
Independence is a census-designated place in Inyo County, California. Manzanar National Historic Site and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of Western Film History and General Sherman Tree. Change things up with these side-trips from Independence: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Moro Rock & Generals Hwy) and Cerro Gordo Mines (in Keeler). There's more to do: examine the collection at Eastern California Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Independence trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Independence in 3 hours. In May, Independence is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 82°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Independence

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Museum of Western Film History, Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shoshone Museum and Dublin Gulch. Explore hidden gems such as Salt Creek Interpretive Trail and Eureka Mine. Go for a jaunt from Death Valley National Park to Death Valley Junction to see Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Fall Canyon, get great views at Dante's View, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and cruise along Artists Dr.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Independence to Death Valley National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Independence in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shoshone, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

4
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mission San Antonio de Padua and Fratelli Perata Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum (in King City), Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and Pirate's Cove Beach (in Avila Beach). There's more to do: do a tasting at San Marcos Creek Vineyard and see the interesting displays at Woodland Auto Display.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Paso Robles route tool .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Paso Robles by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Paso Robles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Templeton, San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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. Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Point Sur State Historic Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Paso Robles to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paso Robles in May: highs in Carmel hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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