60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Healdsburg
— 6 nights
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Klamath
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. You'll get in some beach time at Coronado Beach and La Jolla Cove. Change things up with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, head off the coast to Coronado Island, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Norfolk to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In September in San Diego, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to General Sherman Tree and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, trek along Big Trees Trail, and stroll through Mt. Whitney.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santa Monica State Beach and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Palm Springs Air Museum (in Palm Springs), Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica) and The Getty Villa (in Malibu). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Do some cultural sightseeing at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Ynez Wine Trail. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to U.S. Navy Seabee Museum (in Port Hueneme), Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura) and Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, get engrossed in the history at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and admire the majestic nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 29th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, get a tailor-made plan with Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On your second day here, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

Before you visit San Simeon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Big Sur road trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Big Sur hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

San Francisco

— 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore California State Railroad Museum and California Academy of Sciences. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and California State Capitol Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Monterey (Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station). Dedicate the 8th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour planner.

Drive from Big Sur to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Dry Creek Vineyard. Change things up with these side-trips from Healdsburg: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena) and Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Gary Farrell Winery.

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Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Healdsburg hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Klamath

— 3 nights
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. Get in touch with nature at Trees of Mystery and Redwood National Park. Explore hidden gems such as California Coastal Trail and Tall Trees Grove. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Klamath online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Klamath takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Klamath, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 9 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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Half Dome. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. On the 24th (Mon), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, cruise along Tioga Pass, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to Yosemite National Park. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Klamath in October since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

California travel guide

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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.