57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary maker

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Crescent City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Eureka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Redding
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mount Shasta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive
11
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). Dedicate the 2nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 4 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redwood National Park and Stout Grove. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crescent City: High Bluff Overlook (in Klamath) and Orick (Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, &more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, explore the activities along Point St George Park, examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and look for gifts at Rumiano Cheese Company.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Crescent City planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Crescent City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Crescent City at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Eureka

— 5 nights
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Avenue of the Giants and Patrick's Point State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Trinidad (Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt Lagoons State Park, &more), Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott) and Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Fern Canyon, do a tasting at Clendenen's Cider Works, stroll through Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, and immerse yourself in nature at Sequoia Park Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Eureka holiday planner.

You can drive from Crescent City to Eureka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Redding.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Redding

— 5 nights
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Explore hidden gems such as Bumpass Hell and Hat Creek Rim Overlook. Get out of town with these interesting Redding side-trips: Trinity Alps (in Trinity Center), Lassen Volcanic National Park (Lassen Peak , Boiling Springs Lake, &more) and Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park (in Weaverville). Next up on the itinerary: cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Brandy Creek Beach, take in the views from Sundial Bridge, and take a peaceful walk through Caribou Wilderness.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Redding tour planning website.

Getting from Eureka to Redding by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Eureka in September, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Redding: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Shasta

— 5 nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Shasta and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Large Junk Art Sculptures (in Cassel), Lava Beds National Monument (in Tulelake) and Fort Crook Museum (in Fall River Mills). There's lots more to do: walk around Mount Shasta City Park, get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, take in nature's colorful creations at Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, and immerse yourself in nature at Castle Crags State Park.

Make your Mount Shasta itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Redding to Mount Shasta in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Redding in September; daily highs in Mount Shasta reach 30°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historic Park. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Lundy Lake in Lee Vining, about 5 hours away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Mount Shasta in September, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 27°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover out-of-the-way places like Devils Postpile National Monument and Tioga Rd. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: California Route 36 (in Red Bluff) and Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park, Mono Basin Historical Society, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at McLeod Lake, get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, and take in the dramatic natural features at Obsidian Dome.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mammoth Lakes trip simple and quick.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 5 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Artists Palette and Devil's Golf Course. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, admire the sheer force of Darwin Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kings Canyon National Park and General Grant Tree Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence) and Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and get great views at Buck Rock Lookout.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Monterey

— 5 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at McWay Falls and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Breakwater, stroll through Del Mar Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monterey day trip planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paso Robles

— 5 nights

Paso

A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Speed Boats Tours. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Hearst Castle, &more), Cambria (Artifacts Gallery, The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, &more) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Niner Wine Estates and view the masterpieces at Studios on the Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paso Robles road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in October, you will find days in Paso Robles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Ynez Valley and Surf Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Lompoc (Jalama Beach & Taste of Santa Rita Hills) and Solvang (Bethania Lutheran Church & Vinhus). Dedicate the 23rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, stroll through Butterfly Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip planner.

Getting from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paso Robles in October, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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.