35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Santa Monica
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tahoe City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marysville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Orick
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Orick
— 3 nights
Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Washington

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Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Escape the urban bustle at Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Santa Monica Mountains. When in Santa Monica, make a side trip to see Running Horse Ranch in Lake Hughes, approximately Lake Hughes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Bay Bicycle Trail, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica online journey planner.

Washington to Santa Monica is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Santa Monica is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Cabrillo Tide Pools. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

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You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Congress Trail. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, Head underground at Boyden Cavern, and hike along Big Trees Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 7 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.
Visiting Sentinel Dome and North Dome will get you outdoors. On the 8th (Tue), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. There's much more to do: trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and see human ingenuity at work at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Tahoe City

— 3 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Visiting Matt Heron Fly Fishing and Tahoe City Field Station will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park, take a memorable drive along Inspiration Point Vista, and trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tahoe City online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 36°F in Tahoe City. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Marysville.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marysville

— 2 nights
Marysville is the county seat of Yuba County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Table Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at West Coast Falconry and then stroll through Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Marysville road trip planner.

You can drive from Tahoe City to Marysville in 2 hours. Traveling from Tahoe City in June, expect nights in Marysville to be much hotter, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in Marysville

Wildlife · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Earthquake Trail, stroll through Tule Elk Preserve, and then take an exotic tour of Point Reyes Safaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): trek along Tomales Point Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Tomales Bay State Park, and then hike along Point Reyes Hiking Trails.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Point Reyes National Seashore trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Marysville to Point Reyes National Seashore takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Marysville in June, with highs in Point Reyes National Seashore at 81°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Santa Rosa

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Mon), stroll through Safari West and then hike along Pepperwood Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and then sample some tasty brews at Ace It Bike Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Rosa tour planner.

You can drive from Point Reyes National Seashore to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Santa Rosa are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Elkhorn Slough Safari will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Mill Valley (Muir Woods National Monument & Steep Ravine Environmental Campground), Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Green Gulch Farm (in Muir Beach). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and hike along Mori Point.

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Getting from Santa Rosa to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Orick.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Orick

— 3 nights
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Redwood National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Orick online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Orick. In June, Orick is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orick

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
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.