24 days in California & Kingman Itinerary

24 days in California & Kingman Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Barstow
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Exeter
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Clovis
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Carmel
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Monterey
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Santa Cruz
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San Francisco
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Sausalito
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Point Reyes National Seashore
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Mendocino
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Fort Bragg
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Eureka
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Redwood National Park
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Crescent City
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Redwood National Park
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McKinleyville
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Redding
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Rancho Cordova
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Yosemite National Park
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Mariposa
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El Portal
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Yosemite National Park
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Mammoth Lakes
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Kingman
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Barstow

— 1 night
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Barstow trip planning website.

Tucson to Barstow is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tucson to Barstow. In May, daytime highs in Barstow are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Exeter.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Exeter

— 1 night
Exeter is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Exeter Murals.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Exeter trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Barstow to Exeter in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Barstow in May, Exeter is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tunnel Log, Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, General Sherman Tree, and other attractions. On the 4th (Tue), make a trip to Tunnel Log, then cruise along Generals Hwy, and then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday website.

Drive from Exeter to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Clovis.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Nature

Clovis

— 1 night
Clovis is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Clovis trip builder tool.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Clovis in 2.5 hours. In May in Clovis, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Carmel.

Things to do in Clovis

Fun & Games · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your day by day itinerary now includes Scenic Road Walkway as well as Ocean Avenue. On the 6th (Thu), snap pictures at Rocky Creek Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Bird Rock Vista Point, then wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, and finally hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Clovis to Carmel in 3 hours. Traveling from Clovis in May, expect nights in Carmel to be slightly colder, around 51°F, while days are colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker app.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You've now added West Cliff Drive to your itinerary. On the 9th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at West Cliff Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seacliff State Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip maker tool.

Drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ferry Building Marketplace, California Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at California Academy of Sciences and then examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour website.

Getting from Santa Cruz to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sausalito.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Sausalito

Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sausalito trip maker.

Sausalito is just a stone's throw from San Francisco. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You will leave for Point Reyes National Seashore on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Point Reyes National Seashore

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Drive from Sausalito to Point Reyes National Seashore in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Point Reyes National Seashore when traveling from Sausalito in May, with lows around 48°F. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Mendocino

Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendocino trip planner.

Getting from Point Reyes National Seashore to Mendocino by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. In May, daytime highs in Mendocino are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. You will leave for Fort Bragg on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Outdoors

Fort Bragg

— 1 night
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has been added to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg day trip planning site.

Fort Bragg is very close to Mendocino. In May in Fort Bragg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks

Eureka

— 1 night
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Eureka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Eureka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in May, plan for little chillier days in Eureka, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Eureka

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Redwood National Park

— 1 day
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park tour planner.

Drive from Eureka to Redwood National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 47°F. You will leave for Crescent City on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Crescent City

— 1 night
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Crescent City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Crescent City takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Crescent City can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Redwood National Park

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): trek along California Coastal Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip tool.

Getting from Crescent City to Redwood National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to McKinleyville.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

McKinleyville

— 1 night
McKinleyville is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California, United States. For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the McKinleyville travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to McKinleyville takes 1.5 hours. May in McKinleyville sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Redding.

Things to do in McKinleyville

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Redding

Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Plan a Redding trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from McKinleyville to Redding takes 3 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from McKinleyville in May: highs in Redding hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 56°F. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Rancho Cordova.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Rancho Cordova

— 1 night
Rancho Cordova is a city in Sacramento County, California, United States which incorporated in 2003. To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rancho Cordova attractions website.

You can drive from Redding to Rancho Cordova in 3 hours. Traveling from Redding in May, expect little chillier with lows of 50°F in Rancho Cordova. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Rancho Cordova

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Fun & Games

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, then explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and then don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Rancho Cordova to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rancho Cordova in May; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 65°F and lows reach 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mariposa.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Mariposa

— 2 nights
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Arts, steep yourself in history at Mariposa County's Old Stone Jail, and then do a tasting at Butterfly Creek Winery & Vineyards.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Mariposa road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Mariposa takes an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with highs in Mariposa at 83°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to El Portal.

Things to do in Mariposa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

El Portal

— 2 nights
El Portal is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the El Portal road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mariposa to El Portal takes an hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mariposa in May: high temperatures in El Portal hover around 76°F and lows are around 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in El Portal

Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park sightseeing website.

Yosemite National Park is very close to El Portal. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from El Portal in May: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F and lows are around 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Mammoth Lakes

— 1 night
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 34°F at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kingman.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Kingman

— 1 night
Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kingman trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Kingman takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes to Kingman, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Kingman: highs are around 83°F and lows about 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kingman

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Fun & Games

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.