Take a hike in an ancient forest to see the 5,000 year old trees in the Bristlecone Pine National Forest, in the Owens Valley. They are the oldest trees in the world.
Scale Mount Whitney Trail, highest summit in the lower 48 states. The west slope of the mountain is in Sequoia National Park and the summit is the south end of the John Muir Trail.
Visit the pristine beaches in Mendocino County or join a volley ball game on the beaches of Santa Monica. Some may enjoy the excitement of rafting down the rapids of the American River and others may prefer a calm canoe ride on Russian River.
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California Wine Country Road-Trip
California has at least eight wine country regions. You may not have time to see all of them on one trip, but you can sure try. Visit farmer’s markets; road-side fruit stands; and sustainably farms, ranches, and dairies along the way. The California Farmers Market Association provides a map to locate a farmer’s market near you. Take the Wine Train through the vineyards or the Amtrak train along the coast. There is plenty to eat and drink along the roads of California. Full California Wine Country Itinerary
California Desert Road-Trip
Follow this 7 day itinerary and see the sights of Southern California. Start in Hollywood or visit Disneyland. Head east to the California Speedway or the Cabazon Outlets and spend the night in Palm Springs. Take the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway and visit Joshua Tree National Park. Learn about the Sonoran Desert. Then head back to the coast and hang out at the beach or spend the day at SeaWorld in San Diego. Finish off your road trip with some time at the Getty Villa. You can make this trip any time of year. Full California Desert Itinerary
California Sierra Mountains and Central Valley Itinerary
Start this 6 day road-trip in the city by the bay: San Francisco. Take the kids to the Exploratorium and to see the Sea Lions at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Be sure to check out the Sea Lion Web Cam to make sure they are there, as they winter in San Francisco.) Then drive east to take a hike and see the water falls in spectacular Yosemite Valley in the Yosemite National Park. Stand in awe of the majestic redwood tress of Sequoia National Park and then visit Kingsburg, a Swedish immigrant village on your way to Los Angeles to catch a day at the beach near the Santa Monica Pier. Full Sierra Mountains and California Central Valley Itinerary
Northern California Road Trip
Northern California is filled with one-of-a-kind natural wonders, interesting historical locations and fun activities to fill years of vacations. You can get a taste of what it was like to live in California during the Gold Rush of 1849 by visiting Old Sacramento. Don’t miss the California Railroad Museum for a summary of California history. Travel north to Lassen National Parkand hike next to bubbling mud pots and sizzling geysers. Drive west along Highway 1 and stay in the charming town of Mendocino. For a real driving adventure, continue down the coast to Bodega Bay, on one of the most scenic and curvy roads in the state. Full Northern California Road-Trip Itinerary