60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Fly
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 6 nights
Drive
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Napa
— 6 nights
Fly
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 5 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: get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, and trek along Panoramic Point.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip tool.

Chattanooga to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 8th (Fri), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. On the 9th (Sat), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are cooler (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

South Lake Tahoe

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Five Lakes Creek Trailhead (in Olympic Valley), Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Tompkins Memorial Trail (in Truckee). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Tallac Trail, and trek along Rubicon Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe sightseeing tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In October in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Partington Cove (in Big Sur). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Plan my day in Carmel using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Dedicate the 26th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wineries

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.
Go for a jaunt from Healdsburg to Guerneville to see Armstrong Redwood State Reserve about 36 minutes away. Dedicate the 30th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg vacation planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 79°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, VGS Chateau Potelle, &more). Dedicate the 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush and explore the galleries of Hess Persson Estates.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Napa trip app.

Getting from Healdsburg to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Napa are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 5 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria), Flag Is Up Farms (in Solvang) and Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura). Dedicate the 12th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, and do a tasting at Sanford Winery & Vineyards.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip app.

Getting from Napa to Santa Barbara by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Napa in November, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips 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. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour builder.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip maker site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.