60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner

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Monterey
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Orick
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton), Partington Cove (in Big Sur) and Swanton Berry Farm (in Davenport). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary builder site.

New York City to Monterey is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Monterey is minus 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 6 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Truckee (Truckee River Legacy Trail & Donner Lake Watersports & Marina), North Tahoe Marina (in Tahoe Vista) and SWA Watersports (in Homewood). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak, and cruise along Inspiration Point Vista.

To find out how to plan a trip to South Lake Tahoe, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in May, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder at night with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 nights
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.
On the 29th (Mon), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. On the 30th (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, admire the engineering at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

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Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Orick.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Orick

— 3 nights
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Venture out of the city with trips to Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, California Coastal Trail, &more). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, explore the activities along Klamath River, and admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Orick vacation maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Orick. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Orick, with highs around 63°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Orick

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 6 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Navarro River (in Boonville), Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). Dedicate the 5th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Gracianna Winery.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg road trip planner.

You can drive from Orick to Healdsburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Orick in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Napa

— 6 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Santa Rosa (Safari West & Charles M. Schulz Museum), Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga) and Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma). Dedicate the 12th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at VGS Chateau Potelle, browse the exhibits of Hess Persson Estates, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and stroll through Sonoma Valley.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Napa trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Dedicate the 19th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 6 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, and take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

City of Angels

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: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (79°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 7 nights

America's Finest City

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego vacation planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.