57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
2
Crescent City
— 4 nights
3
Eureka
— 5 nights
4
Redding
— 5 nights
5
Mount Shasta
— 5 nights
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
8
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
10
Monterey
— 5 nights
11
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
12
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights

2
nights
San Francisco

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: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). 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 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
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 Trillium Falls Hike. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crescent City: Orick (Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy & Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park) and High Bluff Overlook (in Klamath). The adventure continues: trek along Stout Grove, see the interesting displays at End of the Trail Museum, stop by Rumiano Cheese Company, and immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

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 3.5 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 °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Orick, Klamath, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

5
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
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 Redwood Highway. Venture out of the city with trips to Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone), Trinidad (Trinidad Harbor, Humboldt Lagoons State Park, &more) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Fern Canyon, do a tasting at Clendenen's Cider Works, view the masterpieces at Trinidad Art Gallery, and walk around Moonstone County Park.

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 °C, and evening lows to °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

Side Trips

Trinidad, Camel Rock, Fern Canyon, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Avenue of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Fern Canyon ©
Fern Canyon
Patrick's Point State Park ©
Patrick's Point State Park

5
nights
Redding

Redding ©
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 Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park. Get out of town with these interesting Redding side-trips: Trinity Alps (in Trinity Center), Caribou Wilderness (in Lassen National Forest) and Lassen Volcanic National Park (Lassen Peak , Boiling Springs Lake, &more). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Hat Creek Rim Overlook, kick back and relax at Brandy Creek Beach, snap pictures at Sundial Bridge, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Redding route planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka to Redding takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Eureka in September, plan for much hotter days in Redding, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Brandy Creek Beach, Trinity Alps, Caribou Wilderness, Hat Creek Rim Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Bumpass Hell ©
Bumpass Hell
Lassen Peak ©
Lassen Peak
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park ©
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

5
nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Shasta and Mount Shasta City Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Crook Museum (in Fall River Mills), Lava Beds National Monument (in Tulelake) and Large Junk Art Sculptures (in Cassel). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McCloud Falls, admire the natural beauty at Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Mount Shasta route website.

You can drive from Redding to Mount Shasta in 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Redding in September: high temperatures in Mount Shasta hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Castle Crags State Park, McCloud Falls, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, Fort Crook Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lava Beds National Monument ©
Lava Beds National Monument
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta City Park ©
Mount Shasta City Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tioga Pass and Olmsted Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Lundy Lake (in Lee Vining) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). There's lots more to do: get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park. In September, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Mount Shasta - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lundy Lake, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
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 Rainbow Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Lakes: California Route 36 (in Red Bluff) and Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park, Tioga Rd, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Mary, take in the dramatic natural features at Obsidian Dome, take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Minaret Vista.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, California Route 36, Gull Lake
Highlights from your plan
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Lake Mary ©
Lake Mary

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Artists Palette and Panamint Range. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

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 °C by day to °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 Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zumwalt Meadow Trail and Kings Canyon National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine) and Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

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 °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alabama Hills, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. 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: stroll through Breakwater, kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or fly. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °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

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

5
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
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 Piedras Blancas and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to Cambria (Artifacts Gallery, The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, &more), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Hearst Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take in the exciting artwork at Studios on the Park, and learn about winemaking at Niner Wine Estates.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles day trip planning website.

You can drive from Monterey to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Speed Boats Tours, Jack Creek Celllars, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Wine Tours & Tastings
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Beach and Jalama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez Valley (in Santa Ynez), Lompoc (Surf Beach & Taste of Sta. Rita Hills) and Solvang (Bethania Lutheran Church & Vinhus). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Thousand Steps Beach, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and enjoy breathtaking views from 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 °C by day to °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

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Surf Beach ©
Surf Beach
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Santa Ynez Valley ©
Santa Ynez Valley

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