60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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St. Helena
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 9 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
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Julian
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 8 nights
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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District). Pack the 19th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, have fun and explore at Travel Town, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary website.

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Kids will enjoy Santa Barbara Zoo and Stearns Wharf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Santa Maria (Foxen Vineyard & Winery & Rancho Sisquoc Winery), Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo) and Solvang (Rusack Vineyards, Bethania Lutheran Church, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards, take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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A Land of Giants

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Giant Forest and Generals Hwy. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence--about 6h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Big Baldy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cedar Grove Visitor Center, stroll through Big Trees Trail, and make a trip to Tunnel Rock.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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St. Helena

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sears Point Racing Experience and Sharpsteen Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen), Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma) and Sonoma (Sonoma Barracks, Mission San Francisco Solano, &more). Dedicate the 6th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, admire the majestic nature at Bothe-Napa State Park, and admire the striking features of Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park.

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

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to St. Helena by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May; daily highs in St. Helena reach 76°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf will thrill your kids. Dedicate the 18th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Parks · Childrens Museums

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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yosemite Village and Vernal Fall. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, trek along May Lake Trailhead, and grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Julian.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Julian

Julian is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California, in the United States. Attractions like California Wolf Center and Lake Cuyamaca make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Julian: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness (in Idyllwild) and Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna). Next up on the itinerary: go deep underground at Eagle and High Peak Mine, look for all kinds of wild species at inaja Memorial Picnic Sight, explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, and make a trip to Galleta Meadows.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Julian itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Julian. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect Julian to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Julian

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning website.

You can drive from Julian to San Diego in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Julian in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.