40 days in California Itinerary

40 days in California Itinerary

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40 days in California Itinerary

Manila, Luzon
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
Mount Shasta
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Eureka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Mendocino
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Ukiah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Sacramento
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Manila, Luzon

3
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Mosaic Canyon and Darwin Falls. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Western Film History and Eastern California Museum. Step out of Death Valley National Park to go to Death Valley Junction and see Harmony Borax Works, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and get great views at Dante's View.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Manila, Philippines to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 16 hours. While traveling from Manila, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Eastern California Museum, Harmony Borax Works, Museum of Western Film History
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Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
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Harmony Borax Works

4
days
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.
Visiting Stanislaus National Forest and Tunnel View will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: El Portal Market (in El Portal) and Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company (in Bear Valley). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 21°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, Stanislaus National Forest, El Portal Market, Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bodie ©
Bodie
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
days
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castle Crags State Park and Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park. Get outdoors at Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Mt Shasta Ski Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Gaumer's Jewelry & Musuem (in Red Bluff) and Siskiyou County Museum (in Yreka). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at The Weed Store, get curious at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to Mount Shasta in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Mount Shasta. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, Gaumer's Jewelry & Musuem, Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, Castle Crags State Park, Siskiyou County Museum
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Castle Crags State Park ©
Castle Crags State Park
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park

2
days
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Clarke Historical Museum, then stop by Golden Gait Mercantile, then take an in-depth tour of Ferndale Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Arcata Farmers' Market, then learn more about the world around you at Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Trinidad Art Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Eureka trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Eureka takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Mount Shasta in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Eureka, with highs around 19°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Eureka

#Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Arcata, Ferndale, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Trinidad Art Gallery
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Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery
Arcata Farmers' Market ©
Arcata Farmers' Market

4
days
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Shop till you drop at Highlight Gallery and Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Appreciate the collections at Mendocino Art Center and Sea Glass Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mendocino: Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA (in Point Arena) and Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Noyo Headlands Park, stroll through Glass Beach, see the interesting displays at Triangle Tattoo and Museum, and contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum.

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Drive from Eureka to Mendocino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Eureka in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Mendocino, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Bragg, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, Black Sands Beach
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Big River ©
Big River
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

3
days
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Get in touch with nature at Gualala Point Regional Park and Montgomery Woods State Reserve. Historic Courthouse Museum and Mendocino County Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ukiah: Jimtown Store (in Healdsburg) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Barra of Mendocino Winery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ukiah day trip tool .

Getting from Mendocino to Ukiah by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Ukiah

#Nature, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Jimtown Store, Mendocino County Museum, Gualala Point Regional Park, Barra of Mendocino Winery
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Montgomery Woods State Reserve ©
Montgomery Woods State Reserve
Mendocino County Museum ©
Mendocino County Museum
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
days
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Shop till you drop at Oxbow Public Market and The Chefs' Olive Mix. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and Gold Country Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Balloon Rides in Napa (about 1h 20 min away). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

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Traveling by car from Ukiah to Sacramento takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sacramento can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Sacramento

#Museums, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Gold Country Museum
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

2
days
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with El Paseo Shopping District, and then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of train, subway, and flight from Sacramento to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. In May, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer than Sacramento - with highs of 40°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palm Desert
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Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

3
days
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.
Old Mission Santa Barbara and The Historic La Arcada Courtyard will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Carpinteria State Beach and State Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley), Bart's Books (in Ojai) and VOM FASS Ventura (in Ventura). And it doesn't end there: stop by Global Gardens, admire the natural beauty at Seaside Gardens, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in May, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, VOM FASS Ventura, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Global Gardens, The Good Life
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Bart's Books ©
Bart's Books
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard ©
The Historic La Arcada Courtyard

2
days
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. On your second day here, stop by Red Moose Cookie Company, then stop by Pasolivo Olive Oil, then look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon holiday builder .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Pasolivo Olive Oil
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Pasolivo Olive Oil ©
Pasolivo Olive Oil

4
days
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. Visit Point Pinos Lighthouse and Cannery Row for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to The Cheese Shop or Cannery Row Antique Mall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, do a tasting at Scheid Vineyards, and get engrossed in the history at Colton Hall Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

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