54 days in California Itinerary

54 days in California Itinerary

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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
— 4 nights
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Sacramento
— 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. Explore hidden gems such as Trees of Mystery and Avenue of the Giants. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. Step out of Eureka to go to Orick and see Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Redwood Highway, identify plant and animal life at Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, and learn more about the world around you at Humboldt State University Natural History Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Eureka holiday builder website.

Stockholm, Sweden to Eureka is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Stockholm to Eureka, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Redding.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Redding

— 4 nights
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 Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Sulphur Works. Escape the urban bustle at Clover Creek Preserve Trail and Tauhindauli Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Redding: Lucero Olive Oil (in Corning), Table Mountain (in Oroville) and Large Junk Art Sculptures (in Cassel). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Sundial Bridge.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Redding trip planner.

Getting from Eureka to Redding by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Eureka in June, expect nights in Redding to be a bit warmer, around 21°C, while days are much warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 10th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at California Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Sacramento History Museum, and then examine the collection at Old Sacramento Waterfront. On the next day, explore the galleries of California State Capitol Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip planner.

You can drive from Redding to Sacramento in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Redding in June, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Sacramento. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks

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.
You'll explore and learn at Charles M. Schulz Museum and Mumm Napa. Get some cultural insight at Castello di Amorosa and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Rosa: Napa (The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum & Judd's Hill MicroCrush), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Cast Wines (in Geyserville). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, take in the exciting artwork at Graton Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Rosa driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Santa Rosa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sacramento in June: high temperatures in Santa Rosa hover around 33°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can 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.
Alcatraz Island and Fort Point will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Lands End and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 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 little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Jose

— 4 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Winchester Mystery House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (in Big Sur), Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (in Monterey) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

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You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fresno.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fresno

— 4 nights
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Forestiere Underground Gardens and Old Fresno Water Tower. Visiting Vernal Fall and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Fresno side-trips: Pioneer Yosemite History Center (in Wawona) and Yosemite National Park (Nevada Falls Loop, Ansel Adams Gallery, &more).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Fresno driving holiday app.

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, expect Fresno to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest. Get in touch with nature at Moro Rock Trail and Sequoia National Park. Explore Visalia's surroundings by going to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Generals Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, &more). There's more to do: revel in the low prices at Tulare Outlet Center.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Visalia online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fresno to Visalia takes an hour. In June in Visalia, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Visalia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bakersfield

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at West kern oil museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tule Elk Reserve State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kern County Museum, then get some fabulous bargains at Outlets at Tejon, and then examine the collection at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bakersfield online journey planner.

Drive from Visalia to Bakersfield in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bakersfield when traveling from Visalia in July, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Get in touch with nature at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Moonstone Beach. Tobin James Cellars and Presqu'ile Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Maria side-trips: Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Visitor Center (in Solvang). It doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr and look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Maria itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Bakersfield to Santa Maria in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bakersfield in July, you will find days in Santa Maria are colder (28°C), and nights are little chillier (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Broad and Battleship USS Iowa Museum. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Camarillo Premium Outlets in Camarillo, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from Santa Maria to Los Angeles by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in July, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Juan Capistrano and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente) and Palm Springs Air Museum (in Palm Springs). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim visit planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Anaheim are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Museums · Theme Parks · 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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Point Loma will get you outdoors. Visit La Jolla Shores Park and Pacific Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (Carlsbad Village & South Carlsbad State Beach). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and wander the streets of Little Italy.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use 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. Traveling from Anaheim in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.