46 days in California Itinerary

46 days in California Itinerary

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46 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Truckee
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Redding
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Mount Shasta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Eureka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Philo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Paso Robles
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
12
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Indian Canyons and Antique Galleries of Palm Springs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and South Lykken Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Climbing Tours (in Joshua Tree) and Slot Canyon (in Borrego Springs). There's still lots to do: trek along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, stroll through Palm Springs Museum Trail, view the masterpieces at Motif, and take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs road trip planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Palm Springs is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Palm Springs is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 37°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Climbing Tours
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

3
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 Mosaic Canyon and Eureka Mine. Get in touch with nature at Fall Canyon and Zabriskie Point. There's much more to do: hike along Gower Gulch Loop, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in April, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 29°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon
Gower Gulch Loop ©
Gower Gulch Loop

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Escape the urban bustle at Mono Lake County Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Little Lakes Valley Trail and Obsidian Dome. Go for a jaunt from Mammoth Lakes to Red Bluff to see California Route 36 about 38 minutes away. On the 16th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at McGee Creek and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

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 April, you will find days in Mammoth Lakes are little chillier (17°C), and nights are cooler (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, California Route 36, Little Lakes Valley Trail, Giant Sequoia National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin ©
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sonora Pass and Olmsted Point. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco to see Food Tours about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Sonora Pass, Food Tours
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Sonora Pass ©
Sonora Pass

4
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and Tahoe National Forest. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Indian Valley Museum and Gatekeeper's Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Truckee: Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood), Truckee River Bike Trail (in Tahoe City) and The Downieville Downhill (in Downieville). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park, steep yourself in history at Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, trek along Tompkins Memorial Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Lake Basin Recreation Area.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Truckee trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Redding.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Downieville, Tahoe City, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, Lake Basin Recreation Area, Indian Valley Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe National Forest ©
Tahoe National Forest
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park

4
nights
Redding

Redding ©
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wild Horse Sanctuary and Fantastic Lava Beds. Step out of the city life by going to Cinder Cone and Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Redding: Brandy Creek Falls (in Whiskeytown) and Lassen Volcanic National Park (Boiling Springs Lake & Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Clover Creek Preserve Trail and pause for some serene contemplation at Bethel Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Redding vacation planner.

You can drive from Truckee to Redding in 4 hours. When traveling from Truckee in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Redding: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Wild Horse Sanctuary, Brandy Creek Falls, Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center ©
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center
Brandy Creek Falls ©
Brandy Creek Falls

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Shasta and Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery. Get outdoors at Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Hedge Creek Falls. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Castle Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Mossbrae Falls, and ski along the peaceful trails at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Shasta vacation planner .

You can drive from Redding to Mount Shasta in 1.5 hours. In April, Mount Shasta is a bit cooler than Redding - with highs of 20°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dunsmuir, McCloud Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Hedge Creek Falls ©
Hedge Creek Falls
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

3
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Visiting Arcata Community Forest and Hikshari Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Samoa Dunes Recreation Area and Humboldt Coastal Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka: The Immortal Tree (in Redcrest), Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Big Lagoon County Park (in Trinidad). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Eureka trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to Eureka in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mount Shasta in May: highs in Eureka hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Philo.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Arcata, The Immortal Tree, Redwood National Park, Big Lagoon County Park, Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

4
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Explore hidden gems such as B Bryan Preserve and Salt Point State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and Navarro River Redwoods State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Bluff Trail (in Gualala) and The Sea Ranch (Sea Ranch Chapel & Walk On Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Hendy Woods State Park, indulge your taste buds at Pennyroyal Farm, and do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Philo day trip tool .

You can drive from Eureka to Philo in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Eureka in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Philo: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Philo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Boonville, Point Arena, The Sea Ranch, Salt Point State Park, Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park
Hendy Woods State Park ©
Hendy Woods State Park

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. Take a break from the city and head to Monterey Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Philo to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Philo in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Bluff Trail. Get in touch with nature at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail and Elephant Seal Rookery. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and History Center and Museum of San Luis Obispo County (in San Luis Obispo). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Camp Roberts Historical Museum, do a tasting at McPrice Myers Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles online attractions planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Paso Robles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

San Simeon, San Miguel, Cambria, Avila Beach, History Center and Museum of San Luis Obispo County
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Speed Boats Tours
Camp Roberts Historical Museum ©
Camp Roberts Historical Museum

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Project Survival's Cat Haven. Step off the beaten path and head to Generals Hwy and Inyo National Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Lone Pine (Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead & Horseshoe Meadow Trail). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and hike along Moro Rock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Paso Robles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Paso Robles in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Inyo National Forest, Manzanar National Historic Site, Project Survival's Cat Haven
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy
Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven

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