46 days in California Itinerary

46 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

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Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Eureka
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Eureka
— 1 night
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Redding
— 4 nights
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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
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Eureka

— 1 night
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): make a trip to The Immortal Tree and then explore and take pictures at Humboldt Redwoods State Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, admire all the interesting features of Redwood Highway, and then identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Eureka trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Eureka is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Stockholm to Eureka, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Redding.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Redding

— 4 nights
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Mill Creek Falls. Get some cultural insight at Shasta State Historic Park and Bethel Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Redding: Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery (in Mount Shasta) and Sulphur Works (in Lassen Volcanic National Park). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Sundial Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Brandy Creek Beach, and admire the natural beauty at McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Redding trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka to Redding takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Eureka in June, plan for warmer days in Redding, with highs around 41°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Head to Mumm Napa and Graton Galleryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Rosa: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Cast Wines (in Geyserville). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and get a taste of the local shopping with Patrick Amiot.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Rosa visit planning website.

Getting from Redding to Santa Rosa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Redding in June, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Rosa: highs are around 33°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Let the collections at de Young Museum and Cable Car Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner.

You can drive from Santa Rosa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

San Jose

— 4 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Winchester Mystery House are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Pebble Beach Golf Links (in Pebble Beach), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Point Lobos (in Carmel).

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You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in San Jose hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fresno.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fresno

— 4 nights
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Forestiere Underground Gardens and Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Ansel Adams Gallery and Old Fresno Water Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Fresno: Yosemite National Park (Nevada Falls Loop, Vernal Fall, &more).

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fresno online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Jose to Fresno by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in June; daily highs in Fresno reach 41°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) 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. Get outdoors at Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moro Rock Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Sequoia National Park.

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Traveling by car from Fresno to Visalia takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Moonstone Beach Dr. Get in touch with nature at Morro Rock and Moonstone Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Maria: Tobin James Cellars (in Paso Robles), Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon) and Visitor Center (in Solvang). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Presqu'ile Winery and identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Maria trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Visalia to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. While traveling from Visalia, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Santa Maria, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Let the collections at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Battleship USS Iowa Museum capture your imagination. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and The Broad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Camarillo Premium Outlets in Camarillo--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, stop by LA Farmers' Market, and take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip builder.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Maria in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Take a break from the city and head to Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Change things up with these side-trips from Anaheim: San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente) and Palm Springs Art Museum (in Palm Springs). It doesn't end there: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Anaheim trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. July in Anaheim sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Old Point Loma Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, take a memorable tour with Tours, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego route planning site.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.