41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

41 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Bakersfield
— 11 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Bakersfield
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Los Angeles

11
nights
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kern County Museum and California Fruit Depot. Step out of Bakersfield to go to Los Angeles and see Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, which is approximately 2h 30 min away.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bakersfield tour planner.

Los Angeles to Bakersfield is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in June, with highs in Bakersfield at 41°C and lows at 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kern County Museum ©
Kern County Museum
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens ©

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sentinel Dome and Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bakersfield to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Bakersfield in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can 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 ©
Start 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Adorable Alpacas.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bakersfield road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Bakersfield with the Route module. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Bakersfield, ranging from highs of 44°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for 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 ©
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, then steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion and Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Paramount Ranch. On your second day here, stroll through Seal Beach, have fun and explore at Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Vicente Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Drive from Bakersfield to Los Angeles in 2 hours. In July, Los Angeles is little chillier than Bakersfield - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Greystone Mansion and Park, St. Andrew Church, Paramount Ranch, Point Vicente Lighthouse, Seal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art ©
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tokopah Falls and Grizzly Falls. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and The Presidente tree. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: The Senate (in Three Rivers), Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Mount Whitney Trail) and Eastern California Museum (in Independence). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Sequoia National Monument, have fun and explore at ImagineU Children's Museum, and hike along Mt. Whitney.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 22°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, Independence, Visalia, Lone Pine, 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Asilomar State Beach and McWay Falls. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Hawthorne Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) and National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission and steep yourself in history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carmel journey builder tool .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive 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
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mission San Antonio de Padua and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. Relax by the water at Morro Strand State Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach), Cambria (Fiscalini Ranch Preserve & Piedras Blancas Light Station) and Hearst Ranch Winery (in San Simeon). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Eberle Winery, explore the activities along Morro Bay National Estuary, explore the world behind art at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, and examine the collection at Estrella Warbird Air Museum.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Paso Robles hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, San Simeon, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach ©

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Mosaic Canyon. Get outdoors at Titus Canyon and Twenty Mule Team Canyon. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park visit planning app .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paso Robles in July; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 45°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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 ©
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 some cultural insight at Mountain Light Gallery and Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin. Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Crest Trail and Mono Lake County Park. Go for a jaunt from Mammoth Lakes to June Lake to see Parker Lake Trail about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at McGee Creek, get great views at Eleven53 Interpretive Center, tee off at Snowcreek Golf Course, and contemplate the waterfront views at Horseshoe Lake.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 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 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

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

Similar Plans

45 days in California & Minneapolis BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 45 days in Continental USA BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 43 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in California BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in California BY A USER FROM BRAZIL May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 49 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in California BY A USER FROM MEXICO June, teens, kids, romantic, wildlife, extra slow, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Extra slow 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, beaches, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in California, Utah & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans