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

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Death Valley National Park — 5 nights

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.
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 Tioga Pass. 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). There's much more to do: trek along Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Trinidad.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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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 Enderts Beach. Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Ferndale (Golden Gait Mercantile & The Blacksmith Shop), Point St George Park (in Crescent City) and Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & California Coastal Trail). 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.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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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 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: 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, 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.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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 Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Get some cultural insight at Handley Cellars Winery and Toulouse Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Point Arena side-trips: Philo (Navarro Vineyards, Roederer Estate, &more) and Pennyroyal Farm (in Boonville). There's more to do: stroll through Schooner Gulch State Beach.

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.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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 Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Bodega Dunes and Salt Point State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Goat Rock Beach (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.
Parks · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

San Francisco — 7 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf 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). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take a stroll through Chinatown, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planner.

Drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Calistoga in October, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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 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). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by The Cheese Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Monte Beach.

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.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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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 Morro Rock and Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. We've included these beaches for you: Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Step out of Cambria with an excursion to Avila Main Beach in Avila Beach--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and get a taste of the local shopping with Cambria Nursery and Florist.

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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.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

Santa Barbara — 8 nights

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 State Street Underpass. 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: Los Angeles (Abbot Kinney Boulevard & Venice Canals Walkway), Taste of Santa Rita Hills (in Lompoc) and Solvang Antiques (in Solvang). 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.
Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 9:

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.