59 days in California Itinerary

59 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

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Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Diego
— 11 nights
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Palm Springs
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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Monterey
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
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Sacramento
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara

— 5 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.
Visiting Monarch Butterfly Grove and Salt Cave will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Explore Santa Barbara's surroundings by going to Hans Christian Andersen Museum (in Solvang), Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden (in Buellton) and Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara Harbor, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara vacation builder.

Washington to Santa Barbara is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Santa Barbara. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:

Los Angeles

— 7 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Mission San Juan Capistrano and Hollywood Bowl Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Newport Beach and Crystal Cove. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Malibu Wine Safaris (in Malibu), Dana Point (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Dana Point Harbor) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Broad, take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and get a new perspective on nature at Desert Discovery Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Los Angeles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 13:

San Diego

— 11 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
We've included these beaches for you: Coronado Beach and Pacific Beach. Visiting Children's Pool and South Carlsbad State Beach will get you outdoors. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Carlsbad (The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch & Carlsbad Village), Temecula (Wine Tours & Tastings & Old Town Temecula) and Oceanside (The Graves House & Oceanside Pier). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by Little Italy, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 24:

Palm Springs

— 6 nights
Sunnylands Center & Gardens and International Banana Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Indian Canyons. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Palm Desert (Desert Holocaust Memorial & The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens).

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You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in April: highs in Palm Springs hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 1st (Sat), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. In April, Death Valley National Park is a bit cooler than Palm Springs - with highs of 77°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Yosemite National Park

— 7 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 off the beaten path and head to Tioga Pass and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Escape the urban bustle at Sentinel Dome and Bridalveil Fall. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Mono Lake Vista Point in Lee Vining, approximately Lee Vining away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Valley View, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 8:

Monterey

— 6 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step out of the city life by going to Pebble Beach Golf Links and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Let the collections at Wyland Gallery Carmel and Coast Gallery Big Sur capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: San Simeon (Hearst Castle, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, &more) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at McAbee Beach, and take a memorable drive along China Rock.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 14:

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Ripley s Believe It or Not! San Francisco and Legion of Honor. Your inner history buff will appreciate Grace Cathedral and Point Reyes Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail (in Bodega Bay), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: stroll around Presidio of San Francisco, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point at the Presidio, and immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 21:

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then view the masterpieces at Indian Springs Art Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Napa trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Napa dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Napa

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Sacramento

— 6 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
You'll explore and learn at California State Capitol Museum and Griffith Quarry. Visiting Cobb Mountain and Mother Orange Tree will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to National Yo-Yo Museum (in Chico), Royal Gorge USA Cross Country Ski Resort (in Soda Springs) and Lodestar California Olive Oil (in Oroville). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, engage your brain at SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (formerly Powerhouse Science Center), and buy something for everyone on your list at Sunrise Mall.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sacramento travel route planner.

Getting from Napa to Sacramento by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Napa in May, with highs in Sacramento at 81°F and lows at 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 29:

California travel guide

4.1
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.