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
Drive
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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 Zabriskie Point. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manzanar National Historic Site and Cerro Gordo Mines. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Lone Pine (Museum of Western Film History & Alabama Hills), Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha) and Eastern California Museum (in Independence). There's lots more to do: get great views at Dante's View, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online journey planner.

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

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

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 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: explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Olmsted 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 car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 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 · 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 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 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 Black Sands Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Noyo Headlands Park and Glass Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Bragg side-trips: Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott), Briceland Vineyards (in Redway) and Legend of Big Foot (in Garberville). 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 Toulouse Vineyards. Get some cultural insight at Handley Cellars Winery and Husch Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Point Arena side-trips: Philo (Navarro Vineyards & Roederer Estate) and Pennyroyal Farm (in Boonville). 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

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · 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 Pride Mountain Vineyards. Get in touch with nature at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Salt Point State Park (in Jenner). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and stroll through Safari West.

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You can drive from Point Arena to Calistoga in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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 Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Exploratorium. Venture out of the city with trips to Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica), Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero) 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, take a stroll through Chinatown, and stroll through Marshall’s Beach.

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You can drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and 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 · 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 Carmel River State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, &more) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

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 William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cambria: Avila Main Beach (in Avila Beach) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Sebastian General Store and admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to Cambria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car 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 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), Taste of Santa Rita Hills (in Lompoc) and Los Angeles (Abbot Kinney Boulevard & Venice Canals Walkway). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, get a taste of local nightlife at Grassini Family Vineyards, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and kick back and relax at San Buenaventura State Beach.

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You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in November, Santa Barbara is somewhat warmer at night 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 · 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.