60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Crescent City
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 13 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 12 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

6
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Stout Grove and Trinidad State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Trillium Falls Hike. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: California Coastal Trail (in Redwood National Park), College Cove (in Eureka) and Orick (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park & Freshwater Lagoon). There's still lots to do: stroll through Enderts Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, trek along Point St George Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Crescent City route planner .

Salt Lake City to Crescent City is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Crescent City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in September, with highs in Crescent City at 64°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trinidad, Orick, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

1
night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. On the 4th (Thu), kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pescadero holiday maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Crescent City to Pescadero. When traveling from Crescent City in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pescadero: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©

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. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more) and Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Del Monte Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning site .

You can drive from Pescadero to Carmel in 2 hours. In October in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Friends of the Elephant Seal, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena sightseeing planner .

Getting from Carmel to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings

13
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Union Square and Alcatraz Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach), Pacifica (Mori Point, Pacifica State Beach, & more) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacifica, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands, Limantour Beach
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

12
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 outdoors at Taft Point and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, cruise along Tioga Pass, and trek along Panorama Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are much colder (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

12
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Third Street Promenade, & more), Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). Pack the 9th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 76°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Norton Simon Museum, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

9
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Visiting San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Cardiff State Beach (in Encinitas). Pack the 19th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stroll through Black's Beach, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cardiff State Beach, Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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