60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to McCarran International Airport, Drive to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Trinidad
— 6 nights
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Fort Bragg
— 6 nights
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Point Arena
— 3 nights
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Calistoga
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Carmel
— 7 nights
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Cambria
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 5 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Badwater Basin and Manzanar National Historic Site. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eastern California Museum and Cerro Gordo Mines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha) and Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip maker site.

Akureyri, Iceland to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Akureyri to Death Valley National Park. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Akureyri in September; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Lee Vining (Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve & Mono Lake County Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are colder with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 25:

Trinidad

— 6 nights
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. Shop till you drop at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio. Step out of the city life by going to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park. Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Point St George Park (in Crescent City), Redwood National Park (Enderts Beach & California Coastal Trail) and Ferndale (Golden Gait Mercantile & The Blacksmith Shop). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Lagoon County Park, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, and hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Trinidad. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Trinidad, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 2:

Fort Bragg

— 6 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visiting Mendocino Coast and Van Damme State Park will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Black Sands Beach and Pudding Creek Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Bragg side-trips: Legend of Big Foot (in Garberville), Briceland Vineyards (in Redway) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, get advice or help at Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Trinidad in October, you will find days in Fort Bragg are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Point Arena.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:

Point Arena

— 3 nights
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gualala Point Regional Park and Handley Cellars Winery. Get some cultural insight at Husch Vineyards and Navarro Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Point Arena side-trips: Pennyroyal Farm (in Boonville) and Philo (Toulouse Vineyards & Roederer Estate). It doesn't end there: stroll through Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and enjoy the sand and surf at Schooner Gulch State Beach.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Point Arena journey maker website.

Drive from Fort Bragg to Point Arena in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Point Arena are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in Point Arena

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Calistoga

— 4 nights
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Castello di Amorosa. Get in touch with nature at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Salt Point State Park (in Jenner) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards and stroll through Safari West.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Calistoga trip planner.

You can drive from Point Arena to Calistoga in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks · Wineries · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero), Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online route maker.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Calistoga in October, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 22:

Carmel

— 7 nights
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 some cultural insight at Dawn's Dream Winery and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel road trip app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:

Cambria

— 3 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). Get outdoors at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Piedras Blancas. We've included these beaches for you: Moonstone Beach and Avila Main Beach. Step out of Cambria with an excursion to Morro Rock in Morro Bay--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cambria Nursery and Florist.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cambria using our trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in Cambria to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Santa Barbara

— 8 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.
For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and San Buenaventura State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Lompoc (Taste of Santa Rita Hills & Surf Beach), Solvang Antiques (in Solvang) and Los Angeles (Abbot Kinney Boulevard & Venice Canals Walkway). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, join in the after-dark buzz at Grassini Family Vineyards, don't miss a visit to State Street Underpass, and stroll through Douglas Family Preserve.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online route builder.

Getting from Cambria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Cambria in November, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 9:

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.