60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

7
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 these side-trips from San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and California Wolf Center (in Julian). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Diego due to the time zone difference. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears, California Wolf Center
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

7
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more), Sonoma (Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Mission San Francisco Solano, & more) and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum (in Napa). Dedicate the 10th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Jack London State Historic Park, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena vacation planner .

You can fly from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in May, plan for slightly colder nights in St. Helena, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Sonoma, Napa, Healdsburg, Oakville, Sharpsteen Museum
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 21st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, explore and take pictures at AT&T Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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: Pacific Valley Bluff Trail (in Big Sur) and Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel holiday planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

9
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.
Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Independence to see Manzanar National Historic Site about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Solvang (Rusack Vineyards & Bethania Lutheran Church), Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara Soaring & Sunstone Vineyards & Winery) and Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo). Dedicate the 16th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online travel route builder .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Ynez, Santa Maria, Solvang, Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore and take pictures at Staples Center, make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

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

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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