60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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Palm Desert
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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St. Helena
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights

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Palm Desert — 4 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near Palm Desert: Joshua Tree National Park (Lost Palms Oasis Trail, Ryan Mountain, &more), Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness (in Idyllwild) and California Overland Desert Excursions (in Borrego Springs). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities and walk around Michael S Wolfson Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Palm Desert online route maker.

San Diego to Palm Desert is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in November, you will find days in Palm Desert are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Los Angeles — 7 nights

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: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, &more), Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Desert to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.
Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips

Santa Barbara — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Sanford Winery & Vineyards (in Lompoc), Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang) and Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura). Dedicate the 21st (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, do a tasting at Sunstone Winery, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip planning tool.

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 November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.
Wineries · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Side Trips

Death Valley National Park — 5 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, cruise along Artists Dr, trek along Fall Canyon, and contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in November; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 66°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and trek along Four Mile Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kings Beach (Old Brockway Golf Course & Kings Beach Miniature Golf), Matt Heron Fly Fishing (in Olympic Valley) and Homewood (SWA Watersports & Tahoe Maritime Museum). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Wine Tours From Tahoe, play a few rounds at Tahoe Donner Golf Course, grab your bike and head to Truckee River Legacy Trail, and see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. December in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Helena.
Outdoors · Golf · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

St. Helena — 6 nights

The city of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Sonoma (Sonoma Plaza & Mission San Francisco Solano) and Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen). Dedicate the 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, appreciate the views at Swanson Vineyards Salon, and take in nature's colorful creations at Round Pond Estate.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read St. Helena trip website.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December; daily highs in St. Helena reach 60°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.
Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips

San Francisco — 7 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Union Square, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

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 December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 45°F in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 5 nights

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: look for all kinds of wild species at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, get great views at Buck Rock Lookout, trek along Big Baldy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail.

Find out how to plan Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 36°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Diego — 6 nights

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.
Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Julian (California Wolf Center & Eagle and High Peak Mine), Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in January, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.