60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and Trillium Falls Hike. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (in Orick) and Redwood National Park (Tall Trees Grove & California Coastal Trail). There's still lots to do: stroll through Stout Grove, kick back and relax at Big Lagoon County Park, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and explore and take pictures at Redwood Highway.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Crescent City sightseeing site .

Honolulu to Crescent City is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to Crescent City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in September, expect Crescent City to be colder, temps between 64°F and 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trinidad, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwood Highway, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and The Embarcadero are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and de Young Museum. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Union Square, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Crescent City to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Crescent City in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sonoma Coast State Beach and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gracianna Winery and Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Ross State Historic Park, and examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Healdsburg online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 84°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Jenner, Calistoga, Guerneville, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park

5
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Sonoma Valley and Jarvis Estate. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: Glen Ellen (Benziger Family Winery & Jack London State Historic Park), St. Helena (Ladera Vineyards, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, & more) and Chateau St. Jean (in Kenwood). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Mumm Napa.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Napa trip planner .

Getting from Healdsburg to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

St. Helena, Rutherford, Yountville, Glen Ellen, Sonoma
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Escape the urban bustle at Baldwin Beach and Kiva Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tallac Historic Site and Gatekeeper's Museum. Get out of town with these interesting South Lake Tahoe side-trips: Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Truckee (Truckee Bike Park & West End Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, stroll through Lakeside Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe driving holiday site .

You can drive from Napa to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Napa in September, expect South Lake Tahoe to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Truckee, Meeks Bay Beach, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Take a break from the city and head to Half Dome and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour planner .

Take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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.
Popular historic sites such as Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Trail of 100 Giants in Ponderosa, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Congress Trail, trek along Panoramic Point, admire all the interesting features of Grant Grove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Trail of 100 Giants, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

4
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. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Get outdoors at Del Mar Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Aptos (Manresa State Beach & Rio Del Mar State Beach) and Cima Collina (in Carmel Valley). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in Carmel hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Aptos, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach Golf Links, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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 Elephant Seal Rookery and Eldwaylen Ocean Park. Foxen Vineyard & Winery and Hearst Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Cambria (Fiscalini Ranch Preserve & Moonstone Beach), San Simeon (William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach & Piedras Blancas) and Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, and grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in October: highs in Paso Robles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

San Simeon, Avila Beach, Cambria, Santa Maria, Eldwaylen Ocean Park
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

7
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Get outdoors at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route planner.

You can drive from Paso Robles to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in October since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Norton Simon Museum, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

5
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Old Town Model Railroad Depot. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Moonlight Beach State Park (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in San Diego, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight Beach State Park, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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