47 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

47 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

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Sacramento
— 9 nights
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Marysville
— 2 nights
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Chico
— 4 nights
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Stockton
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
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Visalia
— 3 nights
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Tehachapi
— 3 nights
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Bakersfield
— 4 nights
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Atascadero
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Fresno
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Sacramento

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Step off the beaten path and head to California Automobile Museum and Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Sacramento: Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (in Davis), Vacaville (Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Regional Park & Morningsun Herb Farm) and Fairfield (Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center, Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around William Land Park, pick up some local products at Farmers Market, get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Park, and admire the natural beauty at UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento route website.

Bakersfield to Sacramento is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Marysville.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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Marysville

Marysville is the county seat of Yuba County, California, United States. On the 23rd (Wed), head outdoors with Sutter Buttes and then grab your bike and head to Sutter Bike Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): join the crowd at Marysville Raceway Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Falconry.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marysville online vacation planner.

Getting from Sacramento to Marysville by car takes about an hour. In January in Marysville, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chico.

Things to do in Marysville

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

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Chico

Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bidwell Park and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Bidwell Mansion, delve into the lush surroundings at Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, and make a trip to Honey Run Covered Bridge.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Chico route maker app.

You can drive from Marysville to Chico in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stockton.

Things to do in Chico

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

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Stockton

Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Bob Hope Theatre and McHenry Mansion. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Haggin Museum and Lodi Lake Park. Get out of town with these interesting Stockton side-trips: McHenry Museum (in Modesto), Bass Pro Shop (in Manteca) and Lodi (Woodbridge Ecological Reserve & Klinker Brick Winery). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple and catch a live event at Banner Island Ballpark.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Stockton trip planner.

Drive from Chico to Stockton in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Stockton

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Valley View, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Stockton to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Stockton in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 13°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Visalia.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Visalia

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. Explore hidden gems such as Sequoia National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Visalia: Three Rivers (Slick Rock Recreation Area, A1 Totem Market and Gifts, &more). There's still lots to do: see where the action happens at Rawhide Ballpark.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Visalia trip maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Visalia with the Route module. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Visalia, with highs around 63°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tehachapi.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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Tehachapi

Tehachapi is a city in Kern County, California, in the Tehachapi Mountains, at an elevation of between the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.Tehachapi is 35mi east-southeast of Bakersfield, and west of Mojave. Explore hidden gems such as Tehachapi Loop and Adorable Alpacas. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum, get interesting insight from Skylark North, relax in the rural setting at Tangleweed Farm, and take a peaceful walk through Tehachapi Mountain Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tehachapi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Visalia to Tehachapi in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Visalia in February, with highs in Tehachapi at 56°F and lows at 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Tehachapi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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Bakersfield

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kern County Museum and The Links at Riverlakes Ranch.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bakersfield trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Tehachapi to Bakersfield takes an hour. Traveling from Tehachapi in February, expect Bakersfield to be a bit warmer, temps between 67°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Atascadero.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks · Museums · Golf · Outdoors

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Atascadero

Atascadero is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, about equidistant from Los Angeles and San Francisco on U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial, then walk around Atascadero Lake Park, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Charles Paddock Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Stadium Park, stroll around Sunken Gardens, and then look for gifts at Grape Encounters Empourium.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Atascadero online itinerary planner.

Getting from Bakersfield to Atascadero by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bakersfield in February, Atascadero is a bit cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Fresno.

Things to do in Atascadero

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails · Shopping

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Fresno

The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Popular historic sites such as Old Fresno Water Tower and St. Johns Cathedral of Fresno are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Woodward Regional Park and Room Escape Games. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinzen Japanese Garden, explore the world behind art at Kearney Mansion Museum & Gallery, head outdoors with Chukchansi Park, and trek along Blossom Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fresno driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Atascadero to Fresno takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Atascadero in February, Fresno is a bit warmer at night with lows of 44°F. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

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