50 days in California Itinerary

50 days in California Itinerary

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50 days in California Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Redding
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Rome

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Palm Springs Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Slot Canyon (in Borrego Springs), Twentynine Palms (Love Signs & Old Schoolhouse Museum) and Ryan Mountain (in Joshua Tree National Park). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Palm Springs Air Museum, hike along Cactus to Clouds, admire all the interesting features of Sam Cobb Farms, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Springs Dog Park.

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Rome, Italy to Palm Springs is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Palm Springs is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Rome in March, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Twentynine Palms, Sam Cobb Farms, Ryan Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

4
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 Badwater Basin and Dante's View. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Echo Canyon, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park route tool .

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 March, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and June Mountain. Explore Mammoth Lakes' surroundings by going to Lee Vining (Mono Basin Historical Society & Mono Lake County Park), California Route 36 (in Red Bluff) and Little Lakes Valley Trail (in Bishop). On the 22nd (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at McLeod Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Minaret Vista, sample the tasty concoctions at June Lake Brewing, and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, you will find days in Mammoth Lakes are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are colder (-5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

June Lake, Lee Vining, California Route 36, Little Lakes Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center ©
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
June Mountain ©
June Mountain

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Columns of the Giants. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Dardanelle and see Sonora Pass, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. On the 28th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

Take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. March in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sonora Pass, Columns of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Horseshoe Meadow Trail and General Sherman Tree. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History, Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, & more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, get great views at Buck Rock Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Whitney.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Redding.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lone Pine, California
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cinder Cone and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Redding: Mount Shasta (Castle Lake, Mt. Shasta Nordic Center, & more), Lassen Volcanic National Park (Fantastic Lava Beds, Chaos Crags and Jumbles, & more) and Hat Creek Rim Overlook (in Old Station). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of McCloud Falls, take in the views from Sundial Bridge, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Clover Creek Preserve Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Redding trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Redding in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Redding, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mount Shasta, McCloud Falls, Hat Creek Rim Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Cinder Cone ©
Cinder Cone
Sundial Bridge ©
Sundial Bridge
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center ©
Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco travel planning tool .

You can drive from Redding to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Redding in April, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Walking tours

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay and Seventeen Mile Drive. Spend the 16th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and examine the collection at Sunset Cultural Center.

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Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
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 Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Paso Robles: Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon), Cambria (Bluff Trail, The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, & more) and Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, learn about winemaking at Whalebone Vineyard, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at City Park.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Speed Boats Tours, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Wine Tours & Tastings

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Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House (in Santa Ynez), Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (in Los Olivos) and Solvang (Bethania Lutheran Church & Sunny Fields Park). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, examine the collection at Reagan Ranch Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and trek along Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Solvang, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, Foxen Canyon Wine Trail
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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