61 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Calistoga
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Palm Springs
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 6 nights
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San Francisco — 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Walt Disney Family Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online route planner.

Amritsar, India to San Francisco is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13.5 hours traveling from Amritsar to San Francisco. While traveling from Amritsar, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Calistoga.
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Calistoga — 5 nights

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Gracianna Winery. Explore Calistoga's surroundings by going to Santa Rosa (Siduri Wines & Charles M. Schulz Museum), Healdsburg (Stephen & Walker Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings) and Napa (Robert Biale Vineyards & Balloon Rides). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Calistoga trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Calistoga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Calistoga when traveling from San Francisco in November, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calistoga in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 6 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Artists Dr and Badwater Basin. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, make a trip to Stovepipe Wells Village, and explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online tour planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 15°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Downtown Disney District, &more) and Santa Monica (Museum of Flying, Santa Monica Farmers Market, &more). Pack the 18th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, walk around Palisades Park, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 5 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Palm Springs Air Museum. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs), The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Cap Rock at Joshua Tree (in Joshua Tree National Park).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Room Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad Village (in Carlsbad) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip maker.

Drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Monarch Butterfly Grove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum (in San Luis Obispo), Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura) and Monarch Grove Winery (in Grover Beach). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara Harbor, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker 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 January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Barbara, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cambria.
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Cambria — 2 nights

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 11th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then get all the information you need at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Vista Point. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cambria route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cambria, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and West Cliff Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Bixby Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, walk around Dennis the Menace Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Cambria in January, Monterey is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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