60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Fort Bragg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Philo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
10
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Bus:  5​h
11
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
12
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
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.
Head to Amoeba Music and Third Street Promenadefor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, look for gifts at Studio City Farmers Market, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. In July in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at State Street and East Beach. Head to The Sacred Space and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Jalama Beach (in Lompoc), Solvang Antiques (in Solvang) and Los Olivos (Carhartt Vineyard & Global Gardens). Dedicate the 26th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, hike along Cabrillo Bike Path, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Los Olivos, The Sacred Space, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Jalama Beach, Solvang Antiques
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Moonstone Beach and Morro Rock. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Light Station. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to Morro Bay (Morro Strand State Beach & Fiona Bleu Gallery), San Simeon (Piedras Blancas, Elephant Seal Rookery, & more) and Avila Beach (Speed Boats Tours, Avila Main Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop, learn about winemaking at Parrish Family Vineyard, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: highs in Paso Robles hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Cambria, Avila Beach, Old Mission Gift Shop and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

5
nights
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. Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Shop till you drop at The Cheese Shop and Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: New Brighton State Beach (in Capitola), Monterey Bay (in Monterey) and Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, & more). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carmel route maker site .

You can drive from Paso Robles to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Head to Union Square and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Dedicate the 13th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of North Beach, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Castello di Amorosa and Cache Creek Vineyards & Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Bodega Dunes and Bodega Head. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards), Jenner (Salt Point State Park, Fort Ross State Historic Park, & more) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Dedicate the 20th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Brassfield Estate Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and look for gifts at Ramini Mozzarella.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Healdsburg driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Jenner, St. Helena, Clearlake Oaks, Cast Wines, Ramini Mozzarella
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Get a sense of the local culture at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and The Immortal Tree. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glass Beach and Noyo Headlands Park. Explore Fort Bragg's surroundings by going to Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott) and Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, stroll through Seaside Beach, enjoy the sea views from Point Cabrillo Light Station, and stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg online route planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Fort Bragg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Philo.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, The Immortal Tree, Black Sands Beach, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

3
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Sea Ranch Chapel. Explore hidden gems such as Schooner Gulch State Beach and Gualala Point Regional Park. When in Philo, make a side trip to see Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in Point Arena, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Navarro Vineyards.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Philo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Philo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Philo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Gualala Point Regional Park, Sea Ranch Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Baldwin Beach and Meeks Bay Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pope Beach and Lakeside Beach. Get out of town with these interesting South Lake Tahoe side-trips: Madrona Vineyards (in Camino), Fair Play (Windwalker Vineyards & Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards) and Truckee (River Rafting & Tubing & Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church, stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods, and admire the striking features of Vikingsholm.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip planning website .

You can drive from Philo to South Lake Tahoe in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Philo in August, expect South Lake Tahoe to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fair Play, Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California), Eagle Lake, Madrona Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Manzanar National Historic Site. You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Independence (Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery & Eastern California Museum), Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills) and Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha). There's lots more to do: stroll through Moro Rock, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, and choose your vessel at Lake Sabrina Boat Landing.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest
Giant Forest

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Visiting Badwater Basin and Fall Canyon will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Cerro Gordo Mines in Keeler (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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

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