59 days in California Itinerary

59 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Palm Springs
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Eureka
— 3 nights

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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.
Visiting Bridalveil Fall and Badger Pass Ski Area will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Capitan and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planning app.

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (44°F), and nights are much colder (13°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Harmony Borax Works and Geologist's Cabin will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Ranch at Furnace Creek and Charcoal Kilns. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, admire the sheer force of Darwin Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 58°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

3
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

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 discover tucked-away gems like Moro Rock Trail and General Grant Tree Trail. Visiting Giant Forest and Generals Hwy will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, get interesting insight from Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and trek along Big Stump Basin.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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 Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Coronado Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego online tour planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in January, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Indian Canyons and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Take a break from the city and head to Coachella Valley Preserve and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: 49 Palms Canyon Trail (in Joshua Tree National Park) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs).

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs road trip site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get outdoors at 26-Mile Bike Path and Coldwater Canyon Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (in Chino Hills), Anaheim (Radiator Springs Racers & Disneyland Park) and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (in Laguna Beach). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir ©
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Monarch Butterfly Grove and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get some historical perspective at Old Mission Santa Barbara and La Purisima State Historical Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Margarita Adventures (in Santa Margarita), Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach) and Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Central Coast Kayaks). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara journey builder website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 15th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon itinerary maker app.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Santa Barbara in February, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 45°F in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walt Disney Family Museum and Castello di Amorosa. Alcatraz Island and California Academy of Sciences are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more), Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, hike along Lands End, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Eureka.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Redwood National Park and Redwood Highway. Get in touch with nature at Trees of Mystery and Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Eureka side-trips: Kayak Trinidad (in Trinidad) and California Coastal Trail (in Redwood National Park). It doesn't end there: stroll through Hikshari Trail.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Eureka trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Eureka in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: high temperatures in Eureka hover around 56°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

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