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
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Akureyri Airport

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

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 Cerro Gordo Mines. 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 Eastern California Museum (in Independence). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, and contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

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 travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

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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 Yosemite, Tunnel View. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite Falls and Tioga Pass. 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). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. 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:

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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 Golden Gait Mercantile. Step out of the city life by going to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Enderts Beach. Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & California Coastal Trail), The Blacksmith Shop (in Ferndale) and Point St George Park (in Crescent City). 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:

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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 Seaside Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Bragg side-trips: Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott), Legend of Big Foot (in Garberville) and Briceland Vineyards (in Redway). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Big River, get advice or help at Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 8:

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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 Pennyroyal Farm. Get some cultural insight at Handley Cellars Winery and Navarro Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Point Arena side-trips: Philo (Toulouse Vineyards, Roederer Estate, &more). 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:

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Calistoga

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

Take the guesswork out of planning a Calistoga vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Union Square 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 Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica), Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Exploratorium, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and visit SoMa.

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 take a 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:

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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. Get some cultural insight at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and Dawn's Dream Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, stroll through Del Mar Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary website.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:

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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 William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Shop till you drop at Sebastian General Store and Cambria Nursery and Florist. Change things up with these side-trips from Cambria: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Avila Main Beach (in Avila Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and stop by The Shell Shop.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

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Santa Barbara

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 The Sacred Space. 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: 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: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, browse the range of quality goods at Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and kick back and relax at Silver Strand 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.