60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Philo
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Trinidad
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Paso Robles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Pescadero State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Pescadero State Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

6
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 Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Head to Ramini Mozzarella and Sebastopol Center for the Artsfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: BobDog Winery (in Cloverdale), Salt Point State Park (in Jenner) and Clearlake Oaks (Brassfield Estate Winery & Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery). There's much more to do: look for gifts at deLorimier Winery, do a tasting at Davis Family Vineyards, and explore the striking landscape at Bodega Head.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Healdsburg attractions planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Geyserville, Clearlake Oaks, Sebastopol, Bodega Head, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

5
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Take a break from the city and head to Glass Beach and Mendocino Coast. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Navarro Vineyards and Handley Cellars Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philo: Saracina Vineyards (in Hopland), Nelson Family Vineyards (in Ukiah) and Gualala Point Regional Park (in Gualala). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars, and immerse yourself in nature at Montgomery Woods State Reserve.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Philo route planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Philo takes 1.5 hours. In December in Philo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Philo

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Ukiah, Gualala Point Regional Park, Saracina Vineyards, Barra of Mendocino Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

6
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Shop till you drop at Trinidad Art Gallery and Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Black Sands Beach and Big Lagoon County Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park), Fortuna (Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum & Clendenen's Cider Works) and Ferndale (Golden Gait Mercantile, The Blacksmith Shop, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, examine the collection at Trinidad Museum, look for gifts at Los Bagels, and tour the pleasant surroundings at College Cove.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Trinidad tour builder site .

You can drive from Philo to Trinidad in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Arcata, Ferndale, Fortuna, Black Sands Beach, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica State Beach and Bronson Caves. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, examine the collection at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Trinidad to Los Angeles. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Trinidad in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

6
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Badwater Basin and Dante's View. Get in touch with nature at Zabriskie Point and Mosaic Canyon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha), Eastern California Museum (in Independence) and Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Ubehebe Crater, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and hike along Fall Canyon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 17°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Eastern California Museum, Gus's Fresh Jerky
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

5
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.
State Street and Solvang Antiques are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Sacred Space and Camarillo Premium Outlets. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Bart's Books (in Ojai), Los Olivos (Carhartt Vineyard, Koehler Winery, & more) and The Collection at Riverpark (in Oxnard). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, stop by The Good Life, grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, and do a tasting at Montemar Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. In January, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Solvang, VOM FASS Ventura, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Bart's Books
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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.
Visiting Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Cambria Nursery & Florist and Piedras Blancas. Get out of town with these interesting Paso Robles side-trips: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop (in San Luis Obispo), San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach & Sebastian General Store) and Morro Bay (Morro Rock, The Garden Gallery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Rons, do a tasting at Anglim Winery, and shop like a local with Pasolivo Olive Oil.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles travel route planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Paso Robles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Cambria, Templeton, Rons
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Head to The Cheese Shop and Trio Carmelfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planner .

Drive from Paso Robles to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in January, Carmel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Mammoth Lakes (Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes & Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center) and Dodge Ridge (in Pinecrest). Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carmel in January: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes, Dodge Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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