60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Crescent City
— 4 nights
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Sacramento
— 6 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Charles M. Schulz Museum and Indian Springs Art Gallery capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Dry Creek Vineyard and Mumm Napa. Venture out of the city with trips to VML Winery (in Healdsburg), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Dedicate the 4th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: walk around Presidio of San Francisco, trek along Lands End, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 4 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Appreciate the collections at Trees of Mystery and Battery Point Lighthouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redwood National Park and Clam Beach County Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Crescent City: Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse (in Trinidad), Redwood Highway (in Eureka) and Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Stout Grove, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, explore the activities along Smith River, and learn more about the world around you at Humboldt State University Natural History Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Crescent City trip builder website.

Getting from San Francisco to Crescent City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in November; daily highs in Crescent City reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Sacramento.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 6 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Get outdoors at Eagle Falls Trail and Miners Ravine Trail Loop. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crocker Art Museum and Vikingsholm. Explore Sacramento's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Lotus), Chico (National Yo-Yo Museum & Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park) and Yolo County Historical Museum (in Woodland). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, engage your brain at SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (formerly Powerhouse Science Center), look for all kinds of wild species at The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, and relax in the rural setting at Chaffin Family Orchards.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento online journey planner.

Fly from Crescent City to Sacramento in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in November, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 6 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kings Canyon National Park and Crescent Meadow Rd. Step off the beaten path and head to General Grant Tree Trail and Generals Hwy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Whiskey Flat Trail (in Kernville), Olancha (Golden Cactus Ghost Town & Old West Museum & Gus's Fresh Jerky) and Eagle Mountain Casino (in Porterville). There's much more to do: hike along Congress Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Trees Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kern River.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 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.
Yosemite Museum Gallery and Fresno Flats Historical Park will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Tioga Pass and Sentinel Dome. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Merced (US Post Office & Applegate Park Zoo), Lewis Creek Trail (in Fish Camp) and Wagner's Mammoth Pool Resort (in North Fork). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, trek along May Lake Trailhead, stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and get a dose of the wild on Crossroads Tours & Limo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in November, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 14°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take in breathtaking views at Fall Canyon.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 22°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Palm Springs

— 5 nights
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sunnylands Center & Gardens and Palm Springs Air Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Jacinto Mountain and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (in Indio), The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Temecula (Churon Winery, Balloon Rides, &more).

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 24°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 7 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Coronado Beach and Point Loma. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Pacific Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: San Clemente Pier (in San Clemente), Dana Point Harbor (in Dana Point) and Temecula (Wine Tours & Tastings & Old Town Temecula). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, take a stroll through Little Italy, deepen your understanding at Torrey Pines Gliderport, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip builder app.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 7 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Westwood Museum and Insect Lore's Bugseum. Explore hidden gems such as Monarch Butterfly Grove and Camarillo Premium Outlets. Venture out of the city with trips to Camarillo Grove Park (in Camarillo), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, explore by horseback at Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables, tee off at Sandpiper Golf Club, and experience rural life at Andre Organic Lavender.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in December, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at San Simeon State Park, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jade Cove, and finally get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon tour planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Santa Barbara in December, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Coast Gallery Big Sur and Wyland Gallery Carmel. Escape the urban bustle at Asilomar State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive & Natural Bridges State Beach) and Big Sur (Partington Point, McWay Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, walk around Dennis the Menace Park, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey journey builder site.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from San Simeon in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

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.