60 days in New Orleans, Texas & California Itinerary

60 days in New Orleans, Texas & California Itinerary

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60 days in New Orleans, Texas & California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h
1
New Orleans
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Antonio
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Trinidad
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

7
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like French Quarter and St. Louis Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Garden District and Oak Alley Plantation. Step out of New Orleans with an excursion to Nottoway Plantation in White Castle--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Audubon Zoo, wander the streets of Royal Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at Immaculate Conception Church.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans itinerary site .

London, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in June, you will find days in New Orleans are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are much warmer (33°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Oak Alley Plantation, Nottoway Plantation
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

6
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Alamo and Mission San Jose. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Texas State Capitol and Mission Concepcion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Fredericksburg (Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus & St. Mary's Catholic Church) and Austin (Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, & more). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, admire the landmark architecture of Tower of the Americas, contemplate the waterfront views at San Antonio River, and trek along San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio online tour planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from New Orleans in June, you will find days in San Antonio are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are little chillier (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Austin, Fredericksburg
Highlights from your plan
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ©
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

8
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to South Carlsbad State Beach in Carlsbad, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and stroll through La Jolla Shores Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from San Antonio to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Antonio to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Antonio in June, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

8
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Will Rogers State Beach and Zuma Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach), Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and The Wedge (in Newport Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Huntington Dog Beach, Zuma Beach, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

5
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Take a break from the city and head to Redwood National Park and Trinidad State Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Enderts Beach and College Cove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trinidad: Stout Grove (in Crescent City), Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (in Carlotta) and California Coastal Trail (in Redwood National Park). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Humboldt Redwoods State Park and admire the striking features of Carson Mansion.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Trinidad trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Los Angeles to Trinidad. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get slightly colder in Trinidad: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Carson Mansion, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Stout Grove, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail

8
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

You can drive from Trinidad to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Trinidad in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

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

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 31st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): kick back and relax at Morro Strand State Beach, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In July, San Simeon is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Strand State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz), New Brighton State Beach (in Capitola) and Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Natural Bridges State Beach, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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 6th (Tue), kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pescadero online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Carmel to Pescadero in 2 hours. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in Pescadero to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Pescadero

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

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica), Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, and take a stroll through SoMa.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route planning app .

You can drive from Pescadero to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Marin Headlands, Rockaway Beach, Rodeo Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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