60 days in California, Indianapolis & New York City Itinerary

60 days in California, Indianapolis & New York City Itinerary

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60 days in California, Indianapolis & New York City Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Crescent City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Eureka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Truckee
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Mammoth Lakes
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Indianapolis
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
12
New York City
— 7 nights
Fly + train:  13​h
End: Durham

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and China Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary app .

Durham, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Durham to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Durham in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

3
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Escape the urban bustle at Tall Trees Grove and Stout Grove. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to California Coastal Trail (in Redwood National Park), High Bluff Overlook (in Klamath) and Orick (Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, & more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Enderts Beach and immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Crescent City trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Get outdoors at Redwood National Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Explore Eureka's surroundings by going to Founders Grove (in Weott), Trinidad (Humboldt Lagoons State Park & Big Lagoon County Park) and Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone). There's lots more to do: trek along Trillium Falls Hike, take a memorable drive along Avenue of the Giants, explore the stunning scenery at Fern Canyon, and admire all the interesting features of Redwood Highway.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Eureka online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Crescent City to Eureka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Eureka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Eureka

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Sonoma Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Safari West and do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Healdsburg travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Eureka to Healdsburg by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Eureka in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Guerneville, St. Helena, Sonoma, Safari West, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: hike along Scenic Road Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and finally stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Carmel fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

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
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

5
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Visiting Mt Judah Loop Trail and Truckee River Bike Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Truckee: West Coast Falconry (in Marysville) and SWA Watersports (in Homewood). And it doesn't end there: walk around Truckee Bike Park, trek along Tompkins Memorial Trail, play a few rounds at Coyote Moon Golf Course, and admire the majestic nature at Skylandia Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee road trip planning website .

Drive from Carmel to Truckee in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for slightly colder days in Truckee, with highs around 20°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tahoe City, SWA Watersports, Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead ©
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park

5
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Visiting Mt. Tallac Trail and Wine Tours & Tastings will get you outdoors. 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: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak, trek along Rubicon Trail, and kick back and relax at Kiva Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip maker tool .

You can drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Tahoe City, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail
Mt. Ralston Peak Trail ©
Mt. Ralston Peak Trail
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

7
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Half Dome, trek along Mariposa Grove, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes road trip planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mammoth Lakes can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

6
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Take a break from the city and head to Topanga State Park and Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning site .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in November, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park

5
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.
Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove will get you outdoors. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. November in San Diego sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

4
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Visiting Exotic Feline Rescue Center and Nickel Plate Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Indianapolis: Panhandle Pathway (in Winamac), Salt Creek Trail (in Nashville) and Brookville (Wolf creek habitat and rescue & Morgan's Outdoor Adventures, Inc.). There's much more to do: get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing, hike along Pate Hollow Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, and don't miss a visit to USS Indianapolis Memorial.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Indianapolis trip planner .

Fly from San Diego to Indianapolis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect Indianapolis to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Brookville, Nickel Plate Trail, Dayton Dragons Baseball, Salt Creek Trail, Pate Hollow Trail
Highlights from your plan
Exotic Feline Rescue Center ©
Exotic Feline Rescue Center
Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing
Room Escape Games

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nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get outdoors at East River Waterfront Esplanade and Speed Boats Tours. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, and don't miss a visit to Empire State Building.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New York City road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Indianapolis to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Indianapolis in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
East River Waterfront Esplanade ©
East River Waterfront Esplanade
Speed Boats Tours

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