17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Mount Shasta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: Cincinnati

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Amoeba Music, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then browse the different shops at The Grove, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Cincinnati to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Shopping, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
On the 26th (Wed), take a stroll through State Street, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then stop by The Sacred Space, then look for gifts at Chocolate Maya, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara journey planning tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

The Sacred Space
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State Street ©
State Street
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then view the masterpieces at The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden, then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and finally play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Carmel by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pfeiffer State Beach, Asilomar State Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and finally stroll through Moro Rock. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To plan Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite Museum Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, then look for gifts at Grass Roots Natural Foods, and finally kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach
Grass Roots Natural Foods ©
Grass Roots Natural Foods

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night
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stop by Soul Connections, then get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, then look for gifts at The Weed Store, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mount Shasta trip planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Mount Shasta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: high temperatures in Mount Shasta hover around 90°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

The Weed Store
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Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
The Weed Store ©
The Weed Store
Soul Connections ©
Soul Connections

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nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach, stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Seaside Beach. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station, look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip site .

Getting from Mount Shasta to Fort Bragg by car takes about 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Mon), take a stroll through Union Square, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then stop by City Lights Booksellers, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, then hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Union Square ©
Union Square

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