57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

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57 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 13 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Crescent City
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  11​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

9
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Relax by the water at Children's Pool and Moonlight Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Carlsbad to see Carlsbad State Beach about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, and take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker .

Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Get outdoors at Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Crystal Cove and Main Beach. Go for a jaunt from Laguna Beach to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at The Wedge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach online journey planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Laguna Beach are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
The Wedge ©
The Wedge

8
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Cabrillo Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Hermosa Beach Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Los Angeles (Watts Towers, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, & more) and Malibu (Zuma Beach & Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, kick back and relax at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica trip builder .

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and tram; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

4
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Asilomar State Beach and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel attractions site .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Santa Monica to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, train, and bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in May, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 65°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

13
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Lee Vining and see Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in May, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Montara State Beach. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Union Square, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Miramar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
You'll get in some beach time at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Head. Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Healdsburg: Inglenook (in Rutherford), Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Healdsburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Inglenook, Safari West, Bodega Head, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

5
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Visiting Redwood National Park and Trinidad State Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Enderts Beach and Moonstone Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crescent City: California Coastal Trail (in Redwood National Park), Klamath River (in Klamath) and Old Town Eureka (in Eureka). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stout Grove, admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, and explore the activities along Smith River.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Crescent City trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Healdsburg to Crescent City in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Healdsburg in June, you will find days in Crescent City are colder (60°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trinidad, Klamath River, Smith River, Old Town Eureka
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

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