50 days in California Itinerary

50 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Orick
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Orick
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 5 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Orick

— 3 nights
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orick: Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, California Coastal Trail, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, hike along Trillium Falls Hike, immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Orick travel route planner.

New York City to Orick is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Orick at 63°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Orick

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Healdsburg

— 5 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: cruise along Mendocino Coast, contemplate the waterfront views at Russian River, do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, and learn the secrets of beer at Ace It Bike Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Orick to Healdsburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Orick in June, you will find days in Healdsburg are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Napa

— 5 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga), Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, &more). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at Laces and Limos, stroll around Sonoma Plaza, learn about winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, and indulge your taste buds at Round Pond Estate.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Napa day trip app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Napa, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 5 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Olympic Valley (Matt Heron Fly Fishing & Five Lakes Creek Trailhead) and Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, walk around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, and explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm.

Start your trip to South Lake Tahoe by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Napa to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in South Lake Tahoe when traveling from Napa in July, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, trek along Four Mile Trail, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning site.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 5 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, hike along Congress Trail, Head underground at Crystal Cave, and stroll through Moro Rock Trail.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 98°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 23rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip planning app.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Diego tour planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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.