59 days in California Itinerary

59 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 9 nights
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Tahoe City
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Palm Springs
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 10 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moro Rock Trail and General Grant Tree Trail. Visiting Giant Forest and Big Stump Basin will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Peak, trek along Big Baldy, surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and get great views at Buck Rock Lookout.

Before you visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dallas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. In January in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Cambria

— 2 nights
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 6th (Wed), cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambria planning website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria in 5 hours. January in Cambria sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): trek along Partington Cove, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally hike along Ewoldsen Trail. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip maker.

Drive from Cambria to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in January since evenings lows in Big Sur dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

San Francisco

— 9 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as West Cliff Drive and Point Reyes Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Sculptured Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, walk around Golden Gate Park, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

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You can drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In January in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tahoe City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Tahoe City

— 6 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Get in touch with nature at Homewood Mountain Resort and Granlibakken Ski and Sled Area. Explore hidden gems such as Alpine Meadows and Tahoe Donner Cross Country. Get out of town with these interesting Tahoe City side-trips: Truckee (Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, &more). There's still lots to do: glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country, grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, see what you can catch with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, and walk around Truckee Bike Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tahoe City day trip website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Tahoe City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for slightly colder days in Tahoe City, with highs around 41°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bridalveil Fall and Badger Pass Ski Area. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Capitan and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. In January in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 13°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Death Valley National Park

— 5 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zabriskie Point and Devil's Golf Course. Take a break from the city and head to Artists Dr and Darwin Falls. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Daylight Pass, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and trek along Fall Canyon.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 63°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 7 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Visit Manhattan Beach and Nicholas Canyon Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Victoria Beach (in Laguna Beach), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Dana Point (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Salt Creek Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at 26-Mile Bike Path, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, with highs in Los Angeles at 71°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 5 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Coachella Valley Preserve and Palm Springs Art Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Indian Canyons and Slot Canyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Palm Desert (The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens & Desert Holocaust Memorial), California Overland Desert Excursions (in Borrego Springs) and Joshua Tree National Park (Wall Street Mill, Barker Dam Trail, &more).

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Diego

— 10 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Carlsbad State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Coronado Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar), Annie's Canyon Trail (in Solana Beach) and Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & Oceanside Strand). There's lots more to do: walk around La Jolla Shores Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Beach, step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego route planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.