60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Mount Shasta
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Palm Desert
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
San Luis Obispo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Monterey
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Copenhagen

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning website .

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Copenhagen to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in March, with highs in San Francisco at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

5
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and Fantastic Lava Beds. Venture out of the city with trips to Siskiyou County Museum (in Yreka) and Cinder Cone (in Lassen Volcanic National Park). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of McCloud Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Siskiyou, get engrossed in the history at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mount Shasta journey tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Mount Shasta. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: high temperatures in Mount Shasta hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dunsmuir, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Living Memorial Sculpture, Siskiyou County Museum, McCloud Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cinder Cone ©
Cinder Cone
Fantastic Lava Beds ©
Fantastic Lava Beds
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens ©
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Columns of the Giants (in Pinecrest), Bear Valley (in Bear Valley) and Sonora Pass (in Dardanelle). On the 13th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mount Shasta in March since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Bear Valley Resort, Sonora Pass, Columns of the Giants
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and California Route 36. Venture out of the city with trips to Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (General Sherman Tree & Big Stump Basin) and Little Lakes Valley Trail (in Bishop). On the 20th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at June Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Skelton Lake, and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes online day trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes by bus takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Mammoth Lakes can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Mono Lake County Park, California Route 36, Little Lakes Valley Trail, June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center ©
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
June Mountain ©
June Mountain

6
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badwater Basin and Wildrose Peak Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Ibex Dunes in Baker (about 1h 55 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Echo Canyon, get great views at Dante's View, and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park route tool .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in March; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ibex Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

5
nights
Palm Desert

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Slot Canyon and Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Explore Palm Desert's surroundings by going to Joshua Tree National Park (Wonderland of Rocks & Lost Palms Oasis Trail) and Borrego Springs (Rams Hill Golf Club, Borrego Art Institute, & more). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Sunnylands Center & Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Palm Desert holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Desert takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, expect Palm Desert to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Hellhole Canyon Trail ©
Hellhole Canyon Trail

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 46 minutes away. Pack the 6th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, take in the views from Coronado Bridge, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planning app .

Drive from Palm Desert to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Desert in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 10th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in nature's colorful creations at The Japanese Garden, don't miss a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) 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
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Staples Center ©
Staples Center
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Venture out of the city with trips to Solvang (Apple Lane Solvang, Bethania Lutheran Church, & more), Santa Barbara Soaring (in Santa Ynez) and Foxen Canyon Wine Trail (in Santa Maria). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, do a tasting at Montemar Winery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, and admire all the interesting features of Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, Santa Barbara is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Barbara Soaring, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Foxen Canyon Wine Trail
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

5
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Luis Obispo side-trips: Paso Robles (City Park, Studios on the Park, & more), Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and Cambria (The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, Leffingwell Landing, & more). And it doesn't end there: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Anchor Memorial Park, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo road trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, San Simeon, Monarch Butterfly Grove
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Jade Cove (in San Simeon) and Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, New Camaldoli Hermitage, & more). Spend the 27th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, examine the collection at Sunset Cultural Center, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, and look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner .

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in April: highs in Monterey hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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