36 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

36 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

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36 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Sacramento
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Chico
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Modesto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Wawona
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Clovis
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Bakersfield
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Funderland Park and Fairytale Town. Explore Sacramento's surroundings by going to Bishop's Pumpkin Farm (in Wheatland), Lodi (Micke Grove Zoo & World of Wonders Science Museum) and Nut Tree Family Park (in Vacaville). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum, stroll through American River Bicycle Trail, and meet the residents at Sacramento Zoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sacramento trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sacramento is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Sacramento due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Sacramento to be colder, temps between 17°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chico.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Davis, Lodi, Bishop's Pumpkin Farm, Nut Tree Family Park
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Bishop's Pumpkin Farm ©
Bishop's Pumpkin Farm
Sacramento Zoo ©
Sacramento Zoo

3
nights
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. Step out of Chico to go to Marysville and see West Coast Falconry, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around Bidwell Park, see the interesting displays at Chico Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, and make a trip to Honey Run Covered Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chico vacation planning website .

Getting from Sacramento to Chico by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Modesto.

Things to do in Chico

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Gateway Science Museum ©
Gateway Science Museum
Bidwell Park ©
Bidwell Park

4
nights
Modesto

Modesto ©
Modesto, officially the City of Modesto, is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. Bring the kids along to Pixie Woods - Louis Park and Children's Museum of Stockton. Change things up with these side-trips from Modesto: San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum (in Lodi) and Stockton (Historic Bob Hope Theatre, Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: hike along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, admire the engineering at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, walk around Merced Grove, and get engrossed in the history at Parsons Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Modesto trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Chico to Modesto in 3 hours. In December in Modesto, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Modesto

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Stockton, Yosemite National Park, San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy ©
Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy
Children's Museum of Stockton ©
Children's Museum of Stockton
Merced Grove ©
Merced Grove

11
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kids will appreciate attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, cruise along Tioga Pass, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the striking landscape at Half Dome.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wawona road trip site .

You can drive from Modesto to Wawona in 2.5 hours. January in Wawona sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Clovis.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Yosemite History Center ©
Pioneer Yosemite History Center
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

4
nights
Clovis

Clovis ©
Clovis is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. Clovis is known for fun & games, theme parks, nature, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Clovis trip planner .

You can drive from Wawona to Clovis in 2 hours. January in Clovis sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Clovis

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Fresno Chaffee Zoo ©
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Mt. Hoffmann ©
Mt. Hoffmann
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

5
nights
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. Family-friendly places like California Area Living Museum (CALM) and Indian Point Ostrich Ranch will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bakersfield: Tehachapi (Tehachapi Museum, Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, & more). There's lots more to do: join the crowd at Kern County Raceway Park, putt your heart out at Camelot Park, relax in the rural setting at Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn, and admire the masterpieces at Bakersfield Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Bakersfield online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Clovis to Bakersfield takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Bakersfield are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tehachapi
Highlights from your plan
Tomo-Kahni State HIstoric Park ©
Tomo-Kahni State HIstoric Park
Indian Point Ostrich Ranch ©
Indian Point Ostrich Ranch
Camelot Park ©
Camelot Park