60 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

60 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

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60 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Chico
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Vacaville
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Stockton
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Fresno
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Bakersfield
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Atascadero
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 14 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

8
nights
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. Explore Chico's surroundings by going to Yuba City (Community Memorial Museum, Sutter Bike Trail, & more), Bishop's Pumpkin Farm (in Wheatland) and Marysville (Ellis lake, West Coast Falconry, & more). There's lots more to do: walk around Bidwell Park, see the interesting displays at Chico Air Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Eighth & Main Antique Center, and contemplate the long history of Bidwell Mansion.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chico itinerary builder .

New York City to Chico is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Chico reach 57°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vacaville.

Things to do in Chico

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Marysville, Yuba City, Bishop's Pumpkin Farm
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Bidwell Park ©
Bidwell Park
Bidwell Mansion ©
Bidwell Mansion

7
nights
Vacaville

Vacaville ©
Vacaville is a city located in Solano County in Northern California. Get out of town with these interesting Vacaville side-trips: Davis (Davis Greenbelt, Great Bear Vineyards, & more) and Sacramento (American River Bicycle Trail, California State Railroad Museum, & more). The adventure continues: stop by Consolidated Rock & Mineral Shop, experience rural life at Morningsun Herb Farm, and do a tasting at Wooden Valley Winery.

Plan my day in Vacaville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Chico to Vacaville in 2 hours. In January in Vacaville, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Stockton.

Things to do in Vacaville

Parks Museums Trails

Side Trips

Sacramento, Davis, Wooden Valley Winery
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront

7
nights
Stockton

Stockton ©
Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Stockton: Lodi (m2 wines, Klinker Brick Winery, & more), Macchia Wines (in Acampo) and Modesto (McHenry Mansion & Great Valley Museum). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Historic Bob Hope Theatre, learn about winemaking at Van Ruiten Family Vineyard, explore the world behind art at The Haggin Museum, and make a trip to Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Stockton journey planner .

You can drive from Vacaville to Stockton in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Fresno.

Things to do in Stockton

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lodi, Modesto, Manteca, Macchia Wines
Highlights from your plan
Harney Lane Winery ©
Harney Lane Winery
Historic Bob Hope Theatre ©
Historic Bob Hope Theatre
Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple ©
Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple

8
nights
Fresno

Fresno ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Three Rivers (The Senate & The Presidente tree) and Visalia (Sequoia National Park, Giant Sequoia National Monument, & more).

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Fresno online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Stockton to Fresno in 2.5 hours. January in Fresno sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Clovis, Visalia, Three Rivers
Highlights from your plan
Fresno Chaffee Zoo ©
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Meux Home Museum ©
Meux Home Museum
Forestiere Underground Gardens ©
Forestiere Underground Gardens

7
nights
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. Venture out of the city with trips to Tehachapi (Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, Tangleweed Farm, & more). There's much more to do: join the crowd at Kern County Raceway Park, take an in-depth tour of Kern County Museum, have fun at McMurtry Aquatic Center, and see the interesting displays at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bakersfield day trip planner .

Getting from Fresno to Bakersfield by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Bakersfield are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Atascadero.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Tehachapi
Highlights from your plan
Tomo-Kahni State HIstoric Park ©
Tomo-Kahni State HIstoric Park
Kern County Raceway Park ©
Kern County Raceway Park
California Area Living Museum (CALM) ©

7
nights
Atascadero

Atascadero ©
Atascadero is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, about equidistant from Los Angeles and San Francisco on U.S. Atascadero is known for nightlife, zoos & aquariums, parks, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial, walk around Atascadero Lake Park, take an in-depth tour of Colony House - Atascadero Historical Society Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Charles Paddock Zoo.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Atascadero trip planner .

You can drive from Bakersfield to Atascadero in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Bakersfield in February since evenings lows in Atascadero dip to 38°F. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Atascadero

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Atascadero Lake Park ©
Atascadero Lake Park
Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial ©
Grape Encounters Empourium ©
Grape Encounters Empourium

14
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and hike along Mariposa Grove.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Atascadero to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Atascadero in February, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 48°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View