60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Paso Robles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mendocino
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Ukiah
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Redding
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Lone Pine
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Popular historic sites such as Sunnylands and Keys Ranch are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Salvation Mountain and La Quinta Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: International Banana Museum (in Mecca), Ryan Mountain (in Joshua Tree National Park) and Living Desert Zoo & Gardens (in Palm Desert). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Coachella Valley Preserve, take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Joshua Tree National Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Palm Springs is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park, International Banana Museum, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Salvation Mountain, La Quinta Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain
Salvation Mountain ©
Salvation Mountain
Coachella Valley Preserve ©
Coachella Valley Preserve

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park and tercero wines. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Mission Santa Ines and La Arcada Courtyard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Wildling Museum (in Solvang), Lompoc (Taste of Sta Rita Hills & Babcock Winery & Vineyards) and Los Olivos (Demetria Winery & Vineyard, Daniel Gehrs Wines, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Casa del Herrero, learn about winemaking at Au Bon Climat, take a stroll through State Street, and make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In March, Santa Barbara is slightly colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House
Highlights from your plan
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Casa del Herrero ©
Casa del Herrero
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

7
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Step out of the city life by going to Piedras Blancas and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission San Antonio de Padua and Friends of Hearst Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Cambria (Moonstone Beach & Piedras Blancas Light Station), San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery & Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). There's still lots to do: take in the history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, do a tasting at San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery, and examine the collection at Woodland Auto Display.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paso Robles trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, Paso Robles is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon, Templeton, Cambria, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Mission San Juan Bautista and San Juan Bautista State Historic Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Point Pinos Lighthouse and Cannery Row will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more) and Mission Soledad (in Soledad). There's still lots to do: stroll through Point Lobos State Reserve, take an in-depth tour of Colton Hall Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Paso Robles to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in March, expect nights in Monterey to be a bit warmer, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, San Juan Bautista, Pacific Grove, Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad
Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park ©

5
nights
Healdsburg

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Ross State Historic Park and Davis Family Vineyards. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Healdsburg: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Storybook Mountain Vineyards (in Calistoga) and Fort Ross Vineyard Tasting Room (in Jenner). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Brassfield Estate Winery, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip maker .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Healdsburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Jenner, Calistoga, Sacramento, Geyserville, Twin Peaks
Highlights from your plan
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

5
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Mendocino Coast and Black Sands Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Point Cabrillo Light Station and Briceland Vineyards Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mendocino: Point Arena (Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum, & more). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, browse the exhibits of Kelley House Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Mendocino Art Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendocino trip planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Mendocino takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Point Arena, Fort Bragg, Black Sands Beach, Briceland Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

6
nights
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Explore hidden gems such as Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and Navarro Vineyards & Winery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and Goldeneye Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ukiah: Philo (Handley Cellars Winery, Husch Vineyards & Winery, & more), Mendocino County Museum (in Willits) and Historic Courthouse Museum (in Lakeport). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Saracina Vineyards and see the interesting displays at Grace Hudson Museum-Sun House.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ukiah trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Ukiah takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ukiah can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Redding.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Philo, Hopland, Mendocino County Museum, Historic Courthouse Museum, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Saracina Vineyards ©
Saracina Vineyards
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas ©
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

3
nights
Redding

Redding ©
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Get some historical perspective at Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park and Bethel Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jake Jackson Museum and Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Explore Redding's surroundings by going to Shasta-Trinity National Forest (in Mount Shasta) and Wild Horse Sanctuary (in Shingletown). There's still lots to do: hike along Sacramento Rail Trail.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Redding trip planner.

Getting from Ukiah to Redding by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Weaverville, Mount Shasta, Wild Horse Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Bethel Church ©
Bethel Church
Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail and Olmsted Point. Get a sense of the local culture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Bodie State Historic Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Chatom Vineyards Inc (in Murphys), Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (in Pine Grove) and June Mountain (in June Lake). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Stanislaus National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, get great views at Tunnel View, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey site .

Traveling by car from Redding to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Redding in April, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 17°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, June Mountain, Chatom Vineyards Inc, Bodie State Historic Park, Stanislaus National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail ©
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail

4
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Manzanar National Historic Site and Project Survival's Cat Haven. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lone Pine Film History Museums and Mt. Whitney. Explore Lone Pine's surroundings by going to Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence) and General Sherman Tree (in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mount Whitney Trail and examine the collection at Eastern California Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lone Pine trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Lone Pine in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with highs in Lone Pine at 26°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Independence, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Project Survival's Cat Haven
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Harmony Borax Works and Dublin Gulch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Racetrack and Trona Pinnacles. There's much more to do: hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, and take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lone Pine to Death Valley National Park. In April, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than Lone Pine - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Dublin Gulch
Highlights from your plan
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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