60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Akureyri
Fly:  25​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Trinidad
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Fort Bragg
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Point Arena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Calistoga
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Santa Barbara
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Akureyri

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Manzanar National Historic Site and Cerro Gordo Mines. Step out of the city life by going to Zabriskie Point and Alabama Hills. Get out of town with these interesting Death Valley National Park side-trips: Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine), Death Valley Junction (Harmony Borax Works & Golden Canyon) and Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, get great views at Dante's View, cruise along Artists Dr, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Akureyri, Iceland to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Akureyri to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Death Valley National Park is warmer than Akureyri - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a 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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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Taft Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Lee Vining (Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve & Mono Lake County Park). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey maker website .

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are much colder (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can 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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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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. Get some cultural insight at Trinidad Art Gallery and Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Redwood National Park and Point St George Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Trinidad: Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground (in Crescent City), Redwood National Park (Enderts Beach, California Coastal Trail, & more) and Ferndale (Golden Gait Mercantile & The Blacksmith Shop). Next up on the itinerary: pick up some local products at Arcata Farmers' Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trinidad State Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, and take in the waterfront at Trinidad Harbor.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Trinidad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Trinidad takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Trinidad are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Trinidad

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Crescent City, Arcata, Ferndale, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 2:
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Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©

6
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Highlight Gallery and Legend of Big Foot. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pudding Creek Beach and Glass Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Briceland Vineyards (in Redway), Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, and admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Trinidad to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Trinidad in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Relax by the water at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Step out of the city life by going to Gualala Point Regional Park and Pennyroyal Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Point Arena: Philo (Navarro Vineyards, Toulouse Vineyards, & more).

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Point Arena trip builder .

Drive from Fort Bragg to Point Arena in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Point Arena

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Philo, Gualala Point Regional Park, Pennyroyal Farm
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA ©

4
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Calistoga side-trips: Salt Point State Park (in Jenner), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West and learn about winemaking at Vincent Arroyo Winery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Calistoga day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Point Arena to Calistoga takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Calistoga can reach 30°C, while at night they dip 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, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Jenner, Wine Tours & Tastings, Safari West, Bodega Dunes
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Rockaway Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore), Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, stroll through China Beach, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco route maker tool .

Drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calistoga in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Rockaway Beach, Limantour Beach, Bean Hollow State Beach
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

7
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and Dawn's Dream Winery. Relax by the water at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Del Mar Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more), Monterey Bay (in Monterey) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carmel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer 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). Relax by the water at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cambria Nursery & Florist and Sebastian General Store. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Morro Bay (Morro Rock & The Shell Shop) and Avila Main Beach (in Avila Beach). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cambria travel route planner.

Getting from Carmel to Cambria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in October: highs in Cambria hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Avila Main Beach
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

8
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Silver Strand Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like State Street and The Sacred Space. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Los Angeles (Abbot Kinney Boulevard & Venice Canals Walkway), Lompoc (Taste of Sta. Rita Hills & Surf Beach) and Solvang Antiques (in Solvang). And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Barbara, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Shopping, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Bart's Books
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
State Street ©
State Street
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard

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