60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + bus:  19​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Klamath
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Durham

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Discover out-of-the-way places like Artists Palette and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, and get great views at Dante's View.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip builder site .

Durham, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Death Valley National Park is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Durham in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are much hotter (38°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get in touch with nature at Devils Postpile National Monument and Bodie State Historic Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park & Tioga Rd). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, hike along Earthquake Fault, and stroll through Mammoth Crest Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mammoth Lakes trip simple and quick.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Devils Postpile National Monument ©

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Step off the beaten path and head to Tioga Pass and Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Bay State Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to West End Beach and Kiva Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Homewood (Eagle Rock Hiking Trail & SWA Watersports), Truckee (Mt Judah Loop Trail, Truckee Bike Park, & more) and Truckee River Bike Trail (in Tahoe City). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Vikingsholm, enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, explore the activities along Stream Profile Chamber, and trek along Mt. Tallac Trail.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe road trip app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Klamath.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Truckee, Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe (California), Homewood
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park

3
nights
Klamath

Klamath ©
Klamath is an unincorporated, rural, census-designated place in Del Norte County, California, situated on US Route 101 inland from the mouth of the Klamath River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stout Grove and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Visiting Redwood Highway and Redwood National Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Klamath side-trips: Point St George Park (in Crescent City) and Tall Trees Grove (in Redwood National Park). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, take a memorable drive along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, and kick back and relax at Enderts Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Klamath road trip site .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Klamath takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Klamath, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Klamath

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Crescent City, Orick, Redwood Highway
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to General Grant Tree Trail and Alabama Hills. Step off the beaten path and head to Kings Canyon National Park and Moro Rock. Change things up with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, admire all the interesting features of Grant Grove, stroll through Panoramic Point, and contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Klamath to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Traveling from Klamath in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Loma. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Escondido to see San Diego Zoo Safari Park about 42 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, explore and take pictures at Torrey Pines Gliderport, stroll through La Jolla Cove, and take in the views from Coronado Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Coronado Island, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Monica State Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dodger Stadium and Petersen Automotive Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker app .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

5
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.
Visiting Monarch Butterfly Grove and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara Harbor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Eldwaylen Ocean Park (in Pismo Beach), Rincon Bike Trail (in Carpinteria) and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo, get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and admire all the interesting features of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around 29°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Camarillo, Pismo Beach, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Escape the urban bustle at Asilomar State Beach and Carmel River State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls, & more). Spend the 21st (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, and stroll through Scenic Road Walkway.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monterey tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Lands End. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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