55 days in California Itinerary

55 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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Sacramento
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 8 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Crescent City
— 6 nights
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Sacramento — 5 nights

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Do some cultural sightseeing at California State Capitol Museum and Fountain & Tallman Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crocker Art Museum and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Yolo County Historical Museum (in Woodland), Oroville (The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, Mother Orange Tree, &more) and National Yo-Yo Museum (in Chico). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront, witness a stunning natural landmark at Wilbur Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Clear Lake State Park, and do a tasting at Fitzpatrick Winery and Lodge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sacramento trip itinerary tool.

Seattle to Sacramento is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in September, you will find days in Sacramento are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tioga Pass and Pohono Bridge. Get in touch with nature at Sentinel Dome and Half Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: Mono Lake Vista Point (in Lee Vining), Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Lewis Creek Trail (in Fish Camp). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 38°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 3 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Devil's Golf Course and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get in touch with nature at The Devil's Speedway and Daylight Pass. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and cruise along Artists Dr.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Cactus Ghost Town & Old West Museum and General Sherman Tree. Visiting Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia Sightseeing Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha) and Whiskey Flat Trail (in Kernville). Next up on the itinerary: trek along General Grant Tree Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, contemplate the waterfront views at Kern River, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning website.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to San Diego.
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San Diego — 8 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mission San Juan Capistrano and Pacific Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente) and Temecula (Wine Tours & Tastings & Old Town Temecula). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site, make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 7 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Barbara Harbor and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Popular historic sites such as Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Old Mission Santa Barbara are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Hans Christian Andersen Museum (in Solvang). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Leadbetter Beach, kick back and relax at El Capitan State Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara tour planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in October since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 3 nights

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Explore hidden gems such as Piedras Blancas and Salmon Creek Falls Trail. Get outdoors at Jade Cove and Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Take a break from San Simeon with a short trip to Big Creek Bridge in Big Sur, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake San Antonio, don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier, get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, and admire the majestic nature at San Simeon State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon road trip planning tool.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in October: highs in San Simeon hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 5 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Explore hidden gems such as McWay Falls and Natural Bridges State Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more) and West Cliff Drive (in Santa Cruz). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planning app.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 6 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Charles M. Schulz Museum and Legion of Honor. Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville). Dedicate the 24th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Patrick's of Bodega Bay Salt Water Taffy.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning app.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Crescent City.
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Crescent City — 6 nights

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Visiting Trees of Mystery and Redwood Highway will get you outdoors. Battery Point Lighthouse and Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park), Freshwater Lagoon (in Orick) and Luffenholtz Beach Park (in Trinidad). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Stout Grove, stroll the grounds of Brother Jonathan Cemetery, walk around Luffenholtz Beach County Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Crescent City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Crescent City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 62°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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