18 days in California Itinerary

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Sacramento
— 1 night
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Calistoga
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Carmel
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Sacramento — 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum and then examine the collection at Old Sacramento. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at California Military Museum, examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sacramento attractions planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Sacramento is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Calistoga.
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Calistoga — 1 night

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, then learn about winemaking at Orin Swift Cellars, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Calistoga trip planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Calistoga in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, stroll around Mariposa Grove, and then explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Calistoga in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, cruise along Artist's Drive, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 15°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 4 nights

Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Tahquitz Canyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano).

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, with highs in Palm Springs at 24°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 4 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Appreciate the collections at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach), Off-Road Tours (in Oceano) and McGrath Family Farm (in Camarillo). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor, explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip planning site.

Drive from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.
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Cambria — 2 nights

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Vista Point, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at Cookie Crock Market, contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cambria trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 0°C in Cambria. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.
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Carmel — 2 nights

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. On the 1st (Sun), make a trip to John Denver Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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