60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
Train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Eureka
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ukiah
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  15​h 45​min
End: Bournemouth

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and Tehachapi Depot Museum. You'll explore and learn at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip maker .

Bournemouth, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Bournemouth in November, you will find days in Los Angeles are much hotter (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Tehachapi
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Zabriskie Point and Badwater. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dante's View and Charcoal Kilns. Explore Death Valley National Park's surroundings by going to Trona Pinnacles (in Trona) and Harmony Borax Works (in Death Valley Junction). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, hike along Telescope Peak trail, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. In December, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 16°C and lows of -1°C. You'll set off for Lassen Volcanic National Park on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Trona Pinnacles
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

6
nights
Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park ©
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
Take a break from the city and head to Wild Horse Sanctuary and Susanville Ranch Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Olive Pit and Cinder Cone. Change things up with these side-trips from Lassen Volcanic National Park: New Clairvaux Vineyard (in Vina), Honey Run Covered Bridge (in Chico) and Lucero Olive Oil (in Corning). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Shasta-Trinity National Forest, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lassen Peak , take in the dramatic natural features at Bumpass Hell, and examine the collection at Lassen Historical Museum.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Corning, Susanville, Wild Horse Sanctuary, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Honey Run Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Shasta-Trinity National Forest ©
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Susanville Ranch Park ©
Susanville Ranch Park

6
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Your inner history buff will appreciate Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park and Ferndale Historic Cemetery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and Moonstone Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eureka: Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & Enderts Beach), Trinidad State Beach (in Trinidad) and The Victorian Village of Ferndale (in Ferndale). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Trinidad Art Gallery, savor the flavors at Arcata Farmers' Market, look for gifts at Golden Gait Mercantile, and see the interesting displays at Trees of Mystery.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Eureka road trip planner .

Getting from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Eureka by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Eureka can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ferndale, Trinidad, Redwood National Park, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

4
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Do your shopping at Highlight Gallery and Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Relax by the water at Black Sands Beach and Glass Beach. Step out of Fort Bragg to go to Redway and see Briceland Vineyards Winery, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Noyo Headlands Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve, take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, and contemplate the waterfront views at Big River.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Eureka to Fort Bragg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ukiah.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach, Briceland Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

6
nights
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Visiting Gualala Point Regional Park and Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Navarro Vineyards & Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Cast Wines (in Geyserville) and Brassfield Estate Winery (in Clearlake Oaks). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the views at Anderson Valley, do a tasting at Husch Vineyards & Winery, and immerse yourself in nature at Montgomery Woods State Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ukiah online holiday planner .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Ukiah by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Ukiah

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Philo, Point Arena, Cast Wines, Brassfield Estate Winery, Gualala Point Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bodie State Historic Park and Tuolumne Meadows. Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve (in Lee Vining) and El Portal Market (in El Portal). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along May Lake Trailhead, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip tool .

You can drive from Ukiah to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ukiah in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (8°C), and nights are cooler (-12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

El Portal Market, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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. Step out of the city life by going to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel vacation planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 19°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State 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.
Shop till you drop at Sebastian General Store and Lucia Apothecary. San Marcos Creek Vineyards & Winery and Still Waters Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Paso Robles: Morro Bay (Morro Bay National Estuary, Shell Shop Inc, & more), San Simeon (Piedras Blancas, Elephant Seal Rookery, & more) and Cambria (Moonstone Beach & Moonstone Cellars). There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Pasolivo Olive Oil, do a tasting at Jack Creek Cellars, look for gifts at Alapay Cellars Tasting Room, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Paso Robles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Cambria, Jack Creek Celllars, Alapay Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

3
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.
Do your shopping at State Street and Chocolate Maya. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Mission Santa Barbara and Koehler Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Los Olivos (Carhartt Vineyard, tercero wines, & more). There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

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

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Paso Robles in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Santa Barbara. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Olivos
Highlights from your plan
Tercero Wines ©
Tercero Wines
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Union Square. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Robert Mondavi Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to V. Sattui (in St. Helena) and Oxbow Public Market (in Napa). Dedicate the 26th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Oxbow Public Market, Robert Mondavi Winery, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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