60 days in California & New York State Itinerary

60 days in California & New York State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive
6
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Drive
7
San Diego
— 9 nights
Fly
8
New York City
— 9 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29

8
nights
San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like California State Railroad Museum and Golden Gate Bridge. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Gracianna Winery (in Healdsburg), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, stroll around Golden Gate Park, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Perth, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to San Francisco is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Perth in January, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (17°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
nights
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Folktale Winery & Vineyard. Step off the beaten path and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and West Cliff Drive. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz Wharf (in Santa Cruz), Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton) and McWay Falls (in Big Sur). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then make a trip to Nitt Witt Ridge, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip tool.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Carmel in January since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. When traveling from San Simeon in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

8
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Vernal Fall and El Capitan. Get outdoors at Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through Mariposa Grove, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are much colder (-12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

9
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion and Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). Pack the 31st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles journey builder site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

9
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

Planning San Diego trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. February in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

9
nights
New York City

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Popular historic sites such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and Times Square Church are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), see where the action happens at Madison Square Garden, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the New York City online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in February, with highs in New York City at 9°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

California travel guide

4
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.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.