50 days in California Itinerary

50 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner

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Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Eureka
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Eureka
— 3 nights
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Redding
— 2 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
— 4 nights
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Bakersfield
— 2 nights
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Eureka

— 3 nights
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trees of Mystery and Redwood National Park. Visiting Avenue of the Giants and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy will get you outdoors. When in Eureka, make a side trip to see Wilson Creek Beach in Klamath, approximately Klamath away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Redwood Highway, look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, and stroll through Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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

Stockholm, Sweden to Eureka is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Eureka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Redding.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Redding

— 2 nights
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. On the 6th (Sat), mingle with the ghosts of the past at Shasta State Historic Park and then kick back and relax at Brandy Creek Beach. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethel Church, and then take in the views from Sundial Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Redding online trip maker.

You can drive from Eureka to Redding in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Eureka in June: highs in Redding hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Head to Mumm Napa and Patrick Amiotfor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Charles M. Schulz Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Rosa: Cast Wines (in Geyserville), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, view the masterpieces at Indian Springs Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Graton Gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Rosa trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Redding to Santa Rosa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Redding in June: high temperatures in Santa Rosa hover around 33°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. Get in touch with nature at Lands End and San Francisco Bay. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at de Young Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planner.

You can drive from Santa Rosa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
Visiting Point Lobos and Pebble Beach Golf Links will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Winchester Mystery House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Carmel River State Beach (in Carmel), Asilomar State Beach (in Pacific Grove) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose travel site.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a subway. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can 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.
Visiting Vernal Fall and Nevada Falls Loop will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Forestiere Underground Gardens and Pioneer Yosemite History Center are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Yosemite National Park (Sentinel Dome, Ansel Adams Gallery, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Old Fresno Water Tower and sample the tasty concoctions at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fresno trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Fresno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Jose in June, things will get a bit warmer in Fresno: highs are around 41°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Visalia.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Visalia

— 4 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. Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like General Sherman Tree and Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Visalia: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Generals Hwy, Moro Rock Trail, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Sequoia National Park and revel in the low prices at Tulare Outlet Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Visalia online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Fresno to Visalia takes an hour. June in Visalia sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bakersfield

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Tule Elk Reserve State Natural Reserve and then revel in the low prices at Outlets at Tejon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kern County Museum and then see a world frozen in time at Silver City Ghost Town.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bakersfield trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Visalia to Bakersfield takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Visalia in June, Bakersfield is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. We've included these beaches for you: Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tobin James Cellars and Presqu'ile Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), Visitor Center (in Solvang) and Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop (in San Simeon). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr and identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Bakersfield to Santa Maria in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Bakersfield in June, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Santa Maria: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica Bay and Santa Monica State Beach. Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and LA Farmers' Marketfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Simi Valley and see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
Get some cultural insight at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Newport Beach and Palm Springs Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Anaheim side-trips: San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). Next up on the itinerary: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Anaheim tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Point Loma. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Little Italy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.