50 days in California Itinerary

50 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Orick
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Orick
— 4 nights
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Mendocino
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Olympic Valley
— 1 night
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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

— 4 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: Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath) and Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, California Coastal Trail, &more). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, don't miss a visit to Big Tree, and hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Orick travel website.

New York City to Orick is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Orick, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Orick hover around 63°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Orick

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino

— 5 nights
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Anderson Valley (in Philo), Point Arena (Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum & B Bryan Preserve) and Boonville (Navarro River & Anderson Valley Brewing Co). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Mendocino Coast, take an in-depth tour of Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, browse the exhibits of Kelley House Museum, and look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mendocino online travel planner.

You can drive from Orick to Mendocino in 4 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Orick in June: highs in Mendocino hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 6 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder site.

Drive from Mendocino to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Mendocino in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Napa

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, &more) and VGS Chateau Potelle (in St. Helena). Dedicate the 29th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: stroll around Sonoma Plaza, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, admire the natural beauty at Round Pond Estate, and take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Napa online route planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Napa hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Olympic Valley

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): hike along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, then get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, and finally trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic Valley trip app.

Getting from Napa to Olympic Valley by car takes about 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Olympic Valley when traveling from Napa in July, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

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 a short trip to Hellman-Ehrman Mansion in Tahoe City (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, stroll around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe road trip app.

Getting from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Olympic Valley in July since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

You can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, hike along Congress Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 98°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Paley Center for Media, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning site.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nightlife

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and stroll around Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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.