60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Healdsburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). There's much more to do: stroll through Point Lobos, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel route maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
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: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in November, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Park, & more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, get outside with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in November, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo), Avila Beach (Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail & Point San Luis Lighthouse) and Jalama Beach (in Lompoc). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker 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, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Maria, Avila Beach, Jalama Beach, Camarillo Public Library, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, historic sites, museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, hike along Gower Gulch Loop, and steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Death Valley National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in November: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

8
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. In December, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 46°F and lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Homewood (Eagle Rock Hiking Trail & SWA Watersports), Tahoe City (Truckee River Bike Trail & Gatekeeper's Museum) and North Tahoe Marina (in Tahoe Vista). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, go for a walk through Truckee River Legacy Trail, identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Truckee, Tahoe City, Homewood, North Tahoe Marina, Five Lakes Creek Trailhead
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

5
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Glen Ellen (Benziger Family Winery & Jack London State Historic Park), Sonoma (MacLaren & Simraceway Performance Driving Center) and St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, walk around Sonoma Plaza, and do a tasting at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Napa trip builder site .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Napa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, Napa is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 59°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

6
nights
Healdsburg

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: Vincent Arroyo Winery (in Calistoga), Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and learn about winemaking at Ferrari-Carano Winery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip planner.

You can drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Healdsburg sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Guerneville, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Petaluma Seed Bank, Mendocino Coast
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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