59 days in California Itinerary

59 days in California Itinerary

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59 days in California Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Drive:  23​h
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Napa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Healdsburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

6
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Homewood (SWA Watersports & Eagle Rock Hiking Trail), Truckee (Mt Judah Loop Trail, Truckee Bike Park, & more) and Tahoe City (Gatekeeper's Museum & Truckee River Bike Trail). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the sheer force of Glen Alpine Falls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe journey maker tool .

New Delhi, India to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from New Delhi to South Lake Tahoe, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, South Lake Tahoe is much colder than New Delhi - with highs of 20°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Truckee, Tahoe City, Homewood, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail

7
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Mammoth Lakes sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Lompoc (Sanford Winery & Vineyards & Jalama Beach), Solvang (Bethania Lutheran Church & Rusack Vineyards) and Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip site .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Santa Barbara by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 29°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Avila Beach, Santa Maria, Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

7
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles visit planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, try out the rides at SeaWorld San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego driving holiday planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
AxeVentures ©
AxeVentures
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In November, Carmel is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

6
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Sonoma (Simraceway Performance Driving Center & MacLaren), Glen Ellen (Benziger Family Winery & Jack London State Historic Park) and St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, & more). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, walk around Sonoma Plaza, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, and admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Napa online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Napa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in November, plan for little chillier nights in Napa, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sonoma, St. Helena, Yountville, Glen Ellen, Rutherford
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

6
nights
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.
Explore Healdsburg's surroundings by going to Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Petaluma Seed Bank, do a tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars, and examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Healdsburg trip planner .

You can drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Healdsburg are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Guerneville, Calistoga, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Mendocino Coast
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Healdsburg in November, with lows around 12°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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