60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Palm Desert
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Borrego Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
San Luis Obispo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Basin Historical Society in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Basin Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence) and Lone Pine (Horseshoe Meadow Trail, Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, & more). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Inyo National Forest, hike along Big Stump Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Whitney, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour site .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lone Pine, California, Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. There's lots more to do: get great views at Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, explore the stunning scenery at Echo Canyon, and stroll through Fall Canyon.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip maker website .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Death Valley National Park are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

5
nights
Palm Desert

Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Wonderland of Rocks. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Desert side-trips: Joshua Tree National Park (Lost Palms Oasis Trail, Cottonwood Spring Oasis, & more), Box Canyon Road (in Mecca) and Love Signs (in Twentynine Palms). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, tee off at Indian Wells Golf Club, have fun at Empire Polo Club, and admire all the interesting features of Sam Cobb Farms.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Palm Desert driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Palm Desert in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May; daily highs in Palm Desert reach 39°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park, Rancho Mirage, Empire Polo Club, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Indian Wells Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

4
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Santa Rosa Mountains. Change things up with a short trip to Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Galleta Meadows, take in breathtaking views at Slot Canyon, trek along Hellhole Canyon Trail, and get outside with Ocotillo Wells SVRA.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Borrego Springs online trip planner .

Getting from Palm Desert to Borrego Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Imperial Valley Desert Museum
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows
Ocotillo Wells SVRA ©
Ocotillo Wells SVRA

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego sightseeing planner .

Getting from Borrego Springs to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Borrego Springs in May, plan for colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ©
Coronado Bridge ©
Coronado Bridge

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

6
nights
Santa Barbara

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 Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara Soaring & Santa Ynez Valley), Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (in Los Olivos) and Solvang (Apple Lane Solvang, Sunny Fields Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, learn about winemaking at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, trek along Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, and examine the collection at The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara attractions planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in May since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Ynez, The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

6
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hearst Castle and Elephant Seal Rookery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Luis Obispo: Cambria (The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, Leffingwell Landing, & more), Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon) and Paso Robles (City Park & Wine Tours & Tastings). There's still lots to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take a memorable drive along Highway 1 Discovery Route, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and get great views at Anchor Memorial Park.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, San Simeon, Paso Robles, Speed Boats Tours
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monterey Bay and Seventeen Mile Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). Spend the 10th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, make a trip to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock, examine the collection at Sunset Cultural Center, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and San Francisco Bay. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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