60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Klamath
— 6 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Bridgeport
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

7
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Visiting Monarch Butterfly Grove and Tar Pits Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Los Olivos (Los Olivos General Store, Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, & more) and Solvang (Hans Christian Andersen Museum & Hans Christian Andersen Park). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and relax and rejuvenate at Salt Cave.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary site .

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 72°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Solvang, Lompoc, Summerland Winery, Goleta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Tar Pits Park ©
Tar Pits Park

4
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.
Relax by the water at Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Visit Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens for their historical value. When in San Simeon, make a side trip to see Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum in King City, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery, learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

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

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

5
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. Get in touch with nature at Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel River State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip builder app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Walt Disney Family Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Marin Headlands and Muir Woods National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Longboard Vineyards (in Healdsburg), Santa Rosa (Safari West & Charles M. Schulz Museum) and Sacramento (California State Capitol Museum & California State Railroad Museum). Dedicate the 30th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: hike along Lands End, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, learn about winemaking at Orin Swift Cellars, and enjoy the sea views from Point Reyes Lighthouse.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Marin Headlands, Orin Swift Cellars, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

6
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Stout Grove and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood Highway and Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Explore Klamath's surroundings by going to Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (in Carlotta), Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Crescent City (Rumiano Cheese Company, Tolowa Dunes State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, contemplate the long history of The Immortal Tree, enjoy the sea views from Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, and see the interesting displays at Radar Station B-71.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Klamath day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Klamath with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Klamath hover around 62°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crescent City, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Luffenholtz Beach County Park, Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
The Immortal Tree ©
The Immortal Tree

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.
Visiting General Grant Tree Trail and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alabama Hills and General Sherman Tree. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Slick Rock Recreation Area (in Three Rivers), Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center (in Bishop) and Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History, California Historical Landmark 507, & more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, stop by Gus's Fresh Jerky, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Klamath to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Klamath in July, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are warmer, around 98°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, Mariposa Grove, Slick Rock Recreation Area, Gus's Fresh Jerky
Highlights from your plan
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

6
nights
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tioga Pass and Bridalveil Fall. Visiting El Capitan and Bodie State Historic Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Bridgeport: Yosemite National Park (Glacier Point, Olmsted Point, & more). There's still lots to do: get great views at Mono Lake Vista Point.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bridgeport trip planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bridgeport by car takes about 8 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Bridgeport: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

6
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Artists Palette and Badwater Basin. Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Artists Dr, get great views at Dante's View, explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park route maker website .

You can drive from Bridgeport to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Bridgeport, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

9
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pacific Beach and Coronado Beach. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, take in the views from Coronado Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Loma.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Diego takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Coronado, Temecula, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oceanside Pier, San Clemente Pier
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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