41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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1
Bakersfield
— 11 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
3
Bakersfield
— 2 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
7
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
8
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
9
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights

11
nights
Bakersfield

Bakersfield
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn. Step off the beaten path and head to Kern County Museum and Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bakersfield trip planner.

Los Angeles to Bakersfield is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In June, Bakersfield is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of °C and lows of °C. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Kern County Museum ©
Kern County Museum
Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn ©
Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn

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.
Get in touch with nature at Sentinel Dome and Panorama Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tuolumne Meadows and Lembert Dome. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and stroll through North Dome.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Bakersfield to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. While traveling from Bakersfield, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): walk around The Park at River Walk and then identify plant and animal life at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Adorable Alpacas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bakersfield trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Bakersfield with the Route module. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Bakersfield: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Adorable Alpacas
Highlights from your plan
Adorable Alpacas ©
Adorable Alpacas
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area ©
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area
The Park at River Walk ©
The Park at River Walk

2
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.
On the 12th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew Church, contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paramount Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Beach, explore the engaging exhibits at Bowers Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Vicente Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles route planner.

You can drive from Bakersfield to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bakersfield in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Andrew Church, Seal Beach, Point Vicente Lighthouse, Paramount Ranch, Bowers Museum
Highlights from your plan
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Bowers Museum ©
Bowers Museum
Greystone Mansion and Park ©
Greystone Mansion and Park

5
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and The Presidente tree. Get outdoors at Tokopah Falls and Big Stump Basin. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to The Senate (in Three Rivers), Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Mount Whitney Trail) and Eastern California Museum (in Independence). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, have fun and explore at ImagineU Children's Museum, take a peaceful walk through Giant Sequoia National Monument, and trek along Mt. Whitney.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip website.

Drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Three Rivers, Lone Pine, Independence, Visalia, Project Survival's Cat Haven
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Tokopah Falls ©
Tokopah Falls

3
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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Carmel Mission and Hawthorne Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or fly. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, National Steinbeck Center
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center

6
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.
Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and Museum of Natural History will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Piedras Blancas Light Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach), San Simeon (Hearst Ranch Winery & William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach) and Morro Bay (Morro Strand State Beach & Morro Bay National Estuary). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Mission San Antonio de Padua, do a tasting at Law Estate Wines, see the interesting displays at Estrella Warbird Air Museum, and explore the world behind art at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Paso Robles trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Carmel to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visit Harmony Borax Works and Geologist's Cabin for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Charcoal Kilns and Eureka Mine. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, Head underground at Titus Canyon, and get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Paso Robles in July, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get outdoors at Climbing Tours and Mammoth Mountain Bike Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mammoth Crest Trail and Mono Lake County Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Mountain Light Gallery (in Bishop) and Parker Lake Trail (in June Lake). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at McGee Creek, tee off at Sierra Star Golf Club, trek along Earthquake Fault, and contemplate the waterfront views at Horseshoe Lake.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be much colder, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mountain Light Gallery, Mono Lake County Park, Parker Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park ©
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park
Climbing Tours
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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