60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Crescent City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 11 nights
Fly + Drive:  38​h
End: Jacksonville

10
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.
Family-friendly places like Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area will thrill your kids. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, make a trip to Valley View, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Jacksonville to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jacksonville to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jacksonville in February: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 48°F and lows are around 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fort Funston National Park and Exploratorium. We've included these beaches for you: San Gregorio State Beach and Baker Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Half Moon Bay (Pescadero State Beach, Pescadero State Beach, & more) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

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

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Visit Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Head for some beach relaxation. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Wine Tours & Tastings and Safari West. There's more to do: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in St. Helena, with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in St. Helena

Parks Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Safari West, Wine Tours & Tastings, Bodega Head, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings
Safari West ©
Safari West

5
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kids will enjoy Enderts Beach and Stout Grove. You'll get in some beach time at Trinidad State Beach and College Cove. Venture out of the city with trips to Humboldt Lagoons State Park (in Trinidad), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (in Orick) and Redwood National Park (Trillium Falls Hike, Redwood National Park, & more). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Crescent City online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from St. Helena to Crescent City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from St. Helena in March, expect nights in Crescent City to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

3
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. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Family-friendly places like Carmel River State Beach and New Brighton State Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garland Ranch Regional Park, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Crescent City to Carmel by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Crescent City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, New Brighton State Beach, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
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.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: stop by Cambria Nursery & Florist, learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read San Simeon journey maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

10
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center, & more) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Santa Monica Mountains). Pack the 2nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in March, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

11
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.
Family-friendly places like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and SeaWorld San Diego will thrill your kids. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and stroll through Children's Pool.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in San Diego are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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