59 days in California Itinerary

59 days in California Itinerary

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59 days in California Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Truckee
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Eureka
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

6
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Truckee side-trips: West Coast Falconry (in Marysville), Foresthill Divide (in Foresthill) and SWA Watersports (in Homewood). There's much more to do: trek along Mt Judah Loop Trail, grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads, and enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Truckee journey builder tool .

Edmonton, Canada to Truckee is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Edmonton in September, you will find days in Truckee are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are slightly colder (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Foresthill Divide, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
River Rafting & Tubing
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead ©
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead

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.
When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Eagle Rock Hiking Trail in Homewood, approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, trek along Rubicon Trail, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail

8
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, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, trek along Panorama Trail, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes day trip website .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, engage your brain at California Science Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure 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). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, and kick back and relax at Black's Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough 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
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

3
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. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carmel tour planner.

Fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in October: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino), Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, stop by Petaluma Seed Bank, admire all the interesting features of Jack London State Historic Park, and do a tasting at Gracianna Winery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Healdsburg online itinerary builder .

Drive from Carmel to Healdsburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Carmel in October, you will find days in Healdsburg are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Eureka.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Jack London State Historic Park, Petaluma Seed Bank, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Mendocino Coast
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

5
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka: Trinidad (Humboldt Lagoons State Park & Big Lagoon County Park), Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott) and Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & Trillium Falls Hike). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Avenue of the Giants, take in the dramatic natural features at Camel Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikshari Trail, and explore and take pictures at Redwood Highway.

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Drive from Healdsburg to Eureka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Eureka, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Trinidad, Redwood National Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Avenue of the Giants, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Venture out of the city with trips to Orick (Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, & more) and Redwood National Park (Tall Trees Grove & California Coastal Trail). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, trek along Stout Grove, stroll through Point St George Park, and kick back and relax at Enderts Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Crescent City trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Eureka to Crescent City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Orick
Highlights from your plan
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Crescent City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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