60 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

60 days in California's Central Valley Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Valley trip itinerary planner

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Route & dates

1
Chico
— 8 nights
2
Vacaville
— 7 nights
3
Stockton
— 7 nights
4
Fresno
— 8 nights
5
Bakersfield
— 7 nights
6
Atascadero
— 7 nights
7
Yosemite National Park
— 14 nights

8
nights
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chico: Marysville (Ellis lake, West Coast Falconry, &more), Yuba City (Community Memorial Museum, Sutter Bike Trail, &more) and Bishop's Pumpkin Farm (in Wheatland). There's lots more to do: stroll around Bidwell Park, see the interesting displays at Chico Museum, pick up some local products at Chico Certified Farmer's Market, and join the crowd at Silverdollar Speedway.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chico route maker site.

New York City to Chico is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Chico. In January, Chico is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough 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
Eighth & Main Antique Center ©
Eighth & Main Antique Center

7
nights
Vacaville

Vacaville ©
Vacaville is a city located in Solano County in Northern California. Venture out of the city with trips to Davis (Davis Greenbelt, Great Bear Vineyards, &more) and Sacramento (American River Bicycle Trail, California State Railroad Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Consolidated Rock & Mineral Shop, do a tasting at Wooden Valley Winery, and relax in the rural setting at Morningsun Herb Farm.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vacaville itinerary app.

Getting from Chico to Vacaville by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stockton.

Things to do in Vacaville

Parks Museums Outdoors

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
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum

7
nights
Stockton

Stockton ©
Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County in the Central Valley of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Stockton side-trips: Macchia Wines (in Acampo), Modesto (McHenry Mansion & Great Valley Museum) and Lodi (m2 wines, Klinker Brick Winery, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Haggin Museum, explore the wide array of goods at Bass Pro Shop, do a tasting at Harney Lane Winery, and get engrossed in the history at San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Stockton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vacaville to Stockton takes 1.5 hours. In January in Stockton, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fresno.

Things to do in Stockton

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lodi, Manteca, Modesto, Macchia Wines
Highlights from your plan
Harney Lane Winery ©
Harney Lane Winery
Historic Bob Hope Theatre ©
Historic Bob Hope Theatre
The Haggin Museum ©
The Haggin Museum

8
nights
Fresno

Fresno ©
The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fresno: Three Rivers (The Senate & The Presidente tree) and Visalia (Sequoia National Park, Giant Sequoia National Monument, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, stroll around Woodward Regional Park, stroll through Blossom Trail, and brush up on your military savvy at Legion of Valor Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Fresno trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Stockton to Fresno takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Fresno are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up 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
Forestiere Underground Gardens ©
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Room Escape Games

7
nights
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Explore Bakersfield's surroundings by going to Tehachapi (Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, Tangleweed Farm, &more).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bakersfield online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fresno to Bakersfield takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Atascadero.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Tehachapi
Highlights from your plan
Tomo-Kahni State HIstoric Park ©
Tomo-Kahni State HIstoric Park
McMurtry Aquatic Center
McMurtry Aquatic Center
Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique ©
Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique

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, and parks. 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 get to know the resident critters at Charles Paddock Zoo.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Atascadero road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bakersfield to Atascadero in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bakersfield in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Atascadero, with lows around °F. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Atascadero

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

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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, hike along Mariposa Grove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Atascadero to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Atascadero in February, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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