60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + bus:  19​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Klamath
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Durham

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Popular historic sites such as Harmony Borax Works and Geologist's Cabin are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, get great views at Dante's View, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park sightseeing planner.

Durham, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Durham to Death Valley National Park. While traveling from Durham, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vikingsholm and Emerald Bay State Park. Visiting Bodie State Historic Park and Kiva Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Truckee (Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge & West End Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be much colder, around 4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Klamath.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Truckee, Bodie State Historic Park, Meeks Bay Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

4
nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Enderts Beach and Point St George Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trees of Mystery and Battery Point Lighthouse. Explore Klamath's surroundings by going to Crescent City (Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Stout Grove, & more), Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & Tall Trees Grove) and Redwood Highway (in Eureka). The adventure continues: trek along Trillium Falls Hike and tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Klamath trip planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Klamath in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, you will find days in Klamath are little chillier (20°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Crescent City, Redwood National Park, Redwood Highway
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Taft Point and El Capitan. Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Klamath to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. While traveling from Klamath, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at General Grant Tree Trail and Alabama Hills. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kings Canyon National Park and Manzanar National Historic Site. There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

6
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Jolla Shores Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. We've included these beaches for you: South Carlsbad State Beach and La Jolla Cove. Venture out of the city with trips to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and immerse yourself in nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in San Diego to be somewhat warmer, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oceanside Pier, Lions, Tigers & Bears, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Third Street Promenade and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Topanga State Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Montana Avenue). Pack the 9th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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.
Do your shopping at Camarillo Premium Outlets and Vinhus. Step out of the city life by going to Monarch Butterfly Grove and Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang), Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria) and Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (in Los Olivos). Dedicate the 14th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, cruise along State Street Underpass, take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, and meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, things will get slightly colder in Santa Barbara: highs are around 29°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Maria, Solvang, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 18th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate the long history of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planning website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Visit Asilomar State Beach and Point Lobos for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Pfeiffer State Beach and Carmel River State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). Spend the 21st (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, look for gifts at AiX, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel online holiday planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Exploratorium and Union Square. Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Patrick Amiot, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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