60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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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
5
Point Arena
— 3 nights
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Calistoga
— 4 nights
7
San Francisco
— 7 nights
8
Carmel
— 7 nights
9
Cambria
— 3 nights
10
Santa Barbara
— 8 nights

5
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Zabriskie Point and Alabama Hills. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manzanar National Historic Site and Harmony Borax Works. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha), Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine) and Cerro Gordo Mines (in Keeler). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park itinerary builder website.

Akureyri, Iceland to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. 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 catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Independence, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Cerro Gordo Mines
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. 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). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 25:
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

6
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. Shop till you drop at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and Trinidad Art Gallery. 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 Redwood National Park (Enderts Beach & California Coastal Trail), Point St George Park (in Crescent City) 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

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Arcata, Crescent City, Ferndale, Orick
Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 2:
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

6
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visiting Mendocino Coast and Noyo Headlands Park will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Black Sands Beach and Glass Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Bragg side-trips: Briceland Vineyards (in Redway), Legend of Big Foot (in Garberville) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Big River, stroll through Noyo Beach, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at North Coast Brewing Company.

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

Side Trips

Mendocino, Briceland Vineyards, Black Sands Beach, Legend of Big Foot, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach

3
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Point Arena

Point Arena ©
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 Schooner Gulch State Beach. Get some cultural insight at Handley Cellars Winery and Roederer Estate. Get out of town with these interesting Point Arena side-trips: Pennyroyal Farm (in Boonville) and Philo (Navarro Vineyards, Toulouse Vineyards, &more). There's more to do: stroll through Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Point Arena trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Point Arena in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Point Arena can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Point Arena

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Philo, Pennyroyal Farm, Gualala Point Regional Park
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA ©
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

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Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Safari West and Goat Rock Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Salt Point State Park (in Jenner), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

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Traveling by car from Point Arena to Calistoga takes 2.5 hours. In October in Calistoga, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Jenner, St. Helena, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Safari West, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West

7
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Ferry Building Marketplace. Venture out of the city with trips to Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero), Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, kick back and relax at China Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a stroll through Union Square.

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You can drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Calistoga, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bean Hollow State Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, Rockaway Beach, Limantour Beach
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 22:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

7
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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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and Trio Carmel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, &more) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and shop like a local with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
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). We've included these beaches for you: Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Shop till you drop at Sebastian General Store and The Shell Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Cambria: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Avila Main Beach (in Avila Beach). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, 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 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. 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

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Avila Main Beach
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

8
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 Bergamot Station. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Surf Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Solvang Antiques (in Solvang), Los Angeles (Abbot Kinney Boulevard & Venice Canals Walkway) and Taste of Sta. Rita Hills (in Lompoc). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, stroll through San Buenaventura State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand Beach, and look for gifts at The Sacred Space.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara planner.

Getting from Cambria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in November since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 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

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Los Olivos, Lompoc, Solvang Antiques
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 9:
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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