42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Sacramento International Airport, Drive to Redding
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Redding
— 1 night
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Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 4 nights
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Fresno
— 4 nights
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Visalia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Redding

— 1 night
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): snap pictures at Sundial Bridge and then hike along Clover Creek Preserve Trail. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Bethel Church and then stroll through Brandy Creek Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Redding trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Redding is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Redding is minus 9 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in June: highs in Redding hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Rosa

— 4 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Appreciate the collections at Charles M. Schulz Museum and Mumm Napa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Rosa side-trips: Napa (The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum & Judd's Hill MicroCrush), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Cast Wines (in Geyserville). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, view the masterpieces at Graton Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Rosa day trip site.

You can drive from Redding to Santa Rosa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Redding in June; daily highs in Santa Rosa reach 33°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lands End and Walt Disney Family Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

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Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Rosa in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Jose

— 4 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Winchester Mystery House. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur), Monterey Bay (in Monterey) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fresno.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fresno

— 4 nights
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Get outdoors at Vernal Fall and Sentinel Dome. Popular historic sites such as Forestiere Underground Gardens and Old Fresno Water Tower are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fresno: Pioneer Yosemite History Center (in Wawona) and Yosemite National Park (Nevada Falls Loop, Ansel Adams Gallery, &more). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fresno trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Fresno in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Jose in June, expect Fresno to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Visalia.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Visalia

— 3 nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moro Rock Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Sequoia National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Visalia route planner.

Getting from Fresno to Visalia by car takes about an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Moonstone Beach Dr. You'll get in some beach time at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Maria: Tobin James Cellars (in Paso Robles) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Riverbench Vineyard and Winery and look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria road trip site.

You can drive from Visalia to Santa Maria in 3 hours. Traveling from Visalia in June, you will find days in Santa Maria are cooler (26°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and LA Farmers' Marketfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Simi Valley and see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, explore the world behind art at The Broad, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Maria in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 4 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
We've included these beaches for you: Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Mission San Juan Capistrano and Palm Springs Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anaheim: San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente) and Sunnylands Center & Gardens (in Rancho Mirage). It doesn't end there: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Anaheim are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach. Visiting Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Lions, Tigers & Bears will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, wander the streets of Little Italy, and stroll through Coronado Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.