60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

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Monterey
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 7 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 8 nights
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
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Truckee
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Oakland
— 7 nights

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Monterey

— 7 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive & Natural Bridges State Beach) and Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach, identify plant and animal life at Del Monte Beach, and do a tasting at Joyce Vineyards.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey day trip app.

Oakland to Monterey is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Oakland in May, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as General Sherman Tree and Cedar Grove Visitor Center are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Cerro Gordo Mines (in Keeler) and The Presidente tree (in Three Rivers). There's much more to do: hike along General Grant Tree Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in June, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, around 62°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 7 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goldwell Open Air Museum and Harmony Borax Works. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eureka Mine and Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. Go for a jaunt from Death Valley National Park to Amargosa Valley to see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, trek along Daylight Pass, and stroll through Gower Gulch Loop.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park

— 6 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Explore hidden gems such as Split Rock and Lost Palms Oasis Trail. Get in touch with nature at Wall Street Mill and 49 Palms Canyon Trail. Explore Joshua Tree National Park's surroundings by going to Salvation Mountain (in Calipatria), Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field (in Niland) and Box Canyon Road (in Mecca). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, admire all the interesting features of Geology Tour Road, and stroll through Barker Dam Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 102°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 8 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.
Visit Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Coronado Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Carlsbad (South Carlsbad State Beach & Carlsbad Village) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Beach, step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island, and deepen your understanding at Torrey Pines Gliderport.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego holiday maker tool.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, expect nights in San Diego to be a bit cooler, around 64°F, while days are cooler, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 8 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Hollywood Bowl Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano), Laguna Beach (1,000 Steps Beach & Victoria Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and stroll through Santa Monica Bay.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Truckee.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 9th (Thu), grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park and then hike along Tompkins Memorial Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Truckee route planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Truckee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect cooler evenings in Truckee when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
California State Railroad Museum and Charles M. Schulz Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lands End and VJB Cellars. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum & California State Capitol Museum). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Truckee to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Truckee in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oakland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oakland

— 7 nights
You'll explore and learn at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Mumm Napa. Get in touch with nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Sunol Regional Wilderness. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oakland: St. Helena (VGS Chateau Potelle & V. Sattui Winery), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Domaine Carneros (in Napa).

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oakland road trip planning site.

Oakland is just a short distance from San Francisco. July in Oakland sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oakland

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.2
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.