60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 12 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 13 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Jose

12
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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 17th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Los Angeles is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Santa Maria (Foxen Vineyard & Winery & Rancho Sisquoc Winery), La Purisima Mission State Historic Park (in Lompoc) and Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang). Dedicate the 28th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, stop by Bart's Books, do a tasting at tercero wines, and stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Santa Barbara to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 5°C. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Santa Maria, Rusack Vineyards, Bart's Books, Ventura Harbor Village
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

10
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 in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Barbara in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

5
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at The Wharf Marketplace, and kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in February, with highs in Carmel at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

10
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company in Bear Valley (about 1h 25 min away). On the 19th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Yosemite Village, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in February, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 10°C by day to -8°C at night. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Valley Adventure Company
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for gifts at Seed Bank, then make a trip to Sonoma Plaza, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and finally learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg trip site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, with highs in Healdsburg at 19°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sonoma, Petaluma Seed Bank, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano

13
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 7th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning site .

Drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in March, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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