60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Philo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Trinidad
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Cambria
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
10
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Boston

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Lincoln Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of The Castro, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Francisco. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Boston in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

6
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Get some historical perspective at Castello di Amorosa and Fort Ross State Historic Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Robert Mondavi Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Calistoga: Prager Winery & Port Works (in St. Helena), Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). Dedicate the 27th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, admire the majestic nature at Bothe-Napa State Park, and learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Calistoga road trip website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Calistoga hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Philo.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Jenner, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

5
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Step off the beaten path and head to Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Handley Cellars Winery. Visiting Gualala Point Regional Park and Salt Point State Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philo: Point Arena (Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, Schooner Gulch State Beach, & more), Barra of Mendocino Winery (in Redwood Valley) and Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars and experience rural life at Pennyroyal Farm.

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Philo online journey planner .

Drive from Calistoga to Philo in 2 hours. While traveling from Calistoga, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Philo, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Gualala Point Regional Park, Barra of Mendocino Winery, Salt Point State Park, Pennyroyal Farm
Highlights from your plan
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach

5
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Briceland Vineyards and Ford House Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove), Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott) and The Immortal Tree (in Redcrest). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and explore the galleries of Kelley House Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg trip builder tool .

You can drive from Philo to Fort Bragg in 1.5 hours. July in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, The Immortal Tree, Black Sands Beach, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Briceland Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Camel Rock and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Trees of Mystery and Trinidad Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Trinidad side-trips: Redwood National Park (California Coastal Trail & Trillium Falls Hike), Crescent City (Stout Grove, Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, & more) and Klamath (Wilson Creek Beach & End of the Trail Museum). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, make a trip to Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, and take in the waterfront at Trinidad Harbor.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Trinidad trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Trinidad in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, expect nights in Trinidad to be little chillier, around 52°F, while days are colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Crescent City, Klamath, Orick, Redwood National Park, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

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 Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, stroll through Del Mar Beach, and make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Trinidad to Carmel. July in Carmel sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hearst Castle and Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards. Step out of the city life by going to Moonstone Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. Explore Cambria's surroundings by going to Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton), Pacific Valley Bluff Trail (in Big Sur) and Sweet Springs Nature Preserve (in Los Osos). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Cambria are warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Rock, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin. Step out of the city life by going to Artists Dr and Artists Palette. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Cerro Gordo Mines in Keeler, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Dante's View, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway.

Planning Death Valley National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Cambria to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Cambria - with highs of 101°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Step out of the city life by going to Moro Rock and Congress Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Trail of 100 Giants (in Ponderosa), Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence) and Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, stroll through General Grant Tree Trail, and delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine, Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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.
Visiting Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Vernal Fall. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and hike along Panorama Trail.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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