57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

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57 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Eureka
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Redding
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mount Shasta
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Step off the beaten path and head to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crescent City: Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & Trillium Falls Hike), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (in Orick) and High Bluff Overlook (in Klamath). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Point St George Park, look for gifts at Rumiano Cheese Company, examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and hike along Stout Grove.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Crescent City trip itinerary website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Eureka.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Orick, Klamath
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

5
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Step off the beaten path and head to Avenue of the Giants and Humboldt Lagoons State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Eureka: Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott), Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone) and Trinidad (Trinidad Harbor, Patrick's Point State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Fern Canyon, explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail, identify plant and animal life at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sequoia Park Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Eureka journey planning app .

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

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinidad, Clendenen's Cider Works, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Fern Canyon, Avenue of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Fern Canyon ©
Fern Canyon
Humboldt Lagoons State Park ©
Humboldt Lagoons 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 Lassen Peak and Brandy Creek Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park (in Weaverville), Lassen Volcanic National Park (Bumpass Hell, Boiling Springs Lake, & more) and Trinity Alps (in Trinity Center). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Sundial Bridge, take a peaceful walk through Caribou Wilderness, don't miss a visit to Hat Creek Rim Overlook, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Redding road trip planner .

You can drive from Eureka to Redding in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Eureka, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Redding, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lava Beds National Monument and Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mount Shasta: Fort Crook Museum (in Fall River Mills), Large Junk Art Sculptures (in Cassel) and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park (in Burney). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Shasta, take a peaceful walk through Shasta-Trinity National Forest, stroll through Mount Shasta City Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at McCloud Falls.

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You can drive from Redding to Mount Shasta in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Redding in September, with highs in Mount Shasta at 30°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Crook Museum, Castle Crags State Park, Lava Beds National Monument, McCloud Falls, Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Lava Beds National Monument ©
Lava Beds National Monument
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Castle Crags State Park ©
Castle Crags State 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Lundy Lake in Lee Vining--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Mount Shasta in September, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park, Lundy Lake
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Step off the beaten path and head to Tioga Rd and Devils Postpile National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: California Route 36 (in Red Bluff) and Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park, Mono Basin Historical Society, & more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Obsidian Dome, and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes visit planning app .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 1.5 hours. September in Mammoth Lakes sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 3°C at night. 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
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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 Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. There's lots more to do: get great views at Dante's View, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park road trip planning site .

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 much hotter 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) to allow enough time to 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
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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 General Sherman Tree and Kings Canyon National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence) and Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take some stellar pictures from Buck Rock Lookout, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Spend the 14th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive 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
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hearst Castle and Morro Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Cambria (artifacts gallery, The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, & more), San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Piedras Blancas, & more) and Speed Boats Tours (in Avila Beach). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Law Estate Wines, and deepen your understanding at Studios on the Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles travel route app .

Getting from Monterey to Paso Robles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in October, you will find days in Paso Robles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (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

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Speed Boats Tours, Morro Rock, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Surf Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Santa Ynez Valley (in Santa Ynez), Lompoc (Jalama Beach & Taste of Sta. Rita Hills) and Solvang (Bethania Lutheran Church & Vin Hus). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara sightseeing 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 slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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