60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

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

6
nights
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 Artists Palette and Darwin Falls. Get some cultural insight at Cerro Gordo Mines and Charcoal Kilns. Change things up with a short trip to Trona Pinnacles in Trona (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

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Montreal, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Montreal, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Cerro Gordo Mines
Highlights from your plan
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Darwin Falls ©
Darwin Falls

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.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Western Film History and Eastern California Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha), Trail of 100 Giants (in Ponderosa) and Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (in Bishop). And it doesn't end there: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, stroll through Moro Rock, and explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Museum of Western Film History, Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tioga Rd and Panorama Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Olmsted Point and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes (in Mammoth Lakes), Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and hike along Lembert Dome.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tallac Historic Site and Lake Tahoe. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Grass Roots Natural Foods and Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Iron Hub Winery (in Plymouth), Meeks Bay Beach (in Tahoma) and Windwalker Vineyards (in Fair Play). On the 14th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Pope Beach, stroll through Lakeside Beach, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Eureka.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Food Tours, Iron Hub Winery
Highlights from your plan
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

5
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Trees of Mystery and Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Trinidad State Beach and Point St George Park. Get out of town with these interesting Eureka side-trips: Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground (in Crescent City), Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Trinidad Harbor (in Trinidad). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Humboldt Redwoods State Park, look for gifts at Golden Gait Mercantile, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, and immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Eureka travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Eureka in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August: highs in Eureka hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinidad, Arcata, Crescent City, Redwood National Park, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

6
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Head to Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books and Mendocino Jams & Preservesfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mendocino Headlands State Park and MacKerricher State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Briceland Vineyards (in Redway), Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove) and Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Navarro Vineyards). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, and stroll through Pudding Creek Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Eureka to Fort Bragg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Eureka in August: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Jenner.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Philo, Black Sands Beach, Briceland Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Headlands State Park ©
Mendocino Headlands State Park

4
nights
Jenner

Jenner ©
Jenner is a small coastal town and census-designated place (CDP) with a population of about 136 in Sonoma County, California, U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Gualala Point Regional Park. Step out of the city life by going to Fort Ross State Historic Park and Schooner Gulch State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Jenner: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes, stroll through Goat Rock Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Jenner trip site .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Jenner takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, expect nights in Jenner to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Jenner

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Bodega Dunes, Gualala Point Regional Park, Sea Ranch Chapel, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

6
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carmel Art Association and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing), Monterey Bay (in Monterey) and Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery, stop by The Cheese Shop, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Jenner to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jenner in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piedras Blancas and Morro Strand State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Morro Rock. Go for a jaunt from San Simeon to Morro Bay to see Fiona Bleu Gallery about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon itinerary builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Carhartt Vineyard and Casa del Herrero. Visit Jalama Beach and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Surf Beach (in Lompoc), Koehler Winery (in Los Olivos) and Oxnard (Oxnard Beach Park & Silver Strand Beach). Dedicate the 12th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets, stop by The Sacred Space, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and shop like a local with State Street.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Oxnard, Lompoc, Los Olivos, The Sacred Space, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Casa del Herrero ©
Casa del Herrero

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