60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner
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Sonoma
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Monterey
— 6 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 7 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 11 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
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San Diego
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Sonoma — 4 nights

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Bring the kids along to Sonoma Coast State Beach and Sharpsteen Museum. Explore Sonoma's surroundings by going to Point Reyes Safaris (in Point Reyes Station) and Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum (in Vallejo). And it doesn't end there: walk around Sonoma Plaza, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, stop by Petaluma Seed Bank, and hike along Jack London State Historic Park.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read Sonoma trip maker tool.

Atlanta to Sonoma is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in September, plan for little chillier nights in Sonoma, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 8 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of SoMa, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and stroll around Crissy Field.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Sonoma in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 76°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.
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Monterey — 6 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Attractions like Asilomar State Beach and Elkhorn Slough Safari make great kid-friendly stops. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur, approximately Big Sur away. There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 7 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and Speed Boats Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Tahoe City (Commons Beach Park & Truckee River Bike Trail). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Ralston Peak Trail, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, and experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip website.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 11 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Half Dome and Tuolumne Meadows. On the 4th (Tue), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, make a trip to Pothole Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 7 nights

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 Sequoia Sightseeing Tours and Moro Rock Trail. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, trek along Congress Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Whitney, and admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 8 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica), Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour itinerary tool.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 8 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego tour planning tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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