60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Borrego Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Philo
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Mount Shasta
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h
10
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sault Ste. Marie

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sault Ste. Marie to Los Angeles. Traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in December, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Running Horse Ranch, Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch

5
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Indian Canyons and Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery. Step out of the city life by going to Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Springs (Palm Springs Air Museum & Palm Springs Art Museum) and Art Smith Trail (in Palm Desert). There's much more to do: trek along Slot Canyon, explore the fascinating landscape at Yaqui Well, look for all kinds of wild species at Hellhole Canyon Trail, and take in the exciting artwork at Borrego Art Institute.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Borrego Springs driving holiday planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Borrego Springs in 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for little chillier nights in Borrego Springs, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Palm Springs, Art Smith Trail, Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail ©
Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Get some historical perspective at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Get outdoors at Giant Forest and Mt. Whitney. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Lone Pine (Mount Whitney Trail & Museum of Western Film History) and Independence (Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery & Eastern California Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, cruise along Generals Hwy, trek along John Muir Trail, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from Borrego Springs to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. While traveling from Borrego Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine, John Muir Trail
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

6
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission San Antonio de Padua and Mission San Miguel Arcangel. Get some historical perspective at La Purisima State Historical Park and Rotta Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Cambria (Moonstone Beach & Piedras Blancas Light Station), Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach) and San Simeon (Piedras Blancas & Elephant Seal Rookery). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, learn about winemaking at D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars, stroll through Point Buchon Trail, and relax in the rural setting at Jack Creek Farms.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Paso Robles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Lompoc, Templeton, Cambria, San Simeon, Monarch Butterfly Grove
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua

5
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery and Cannery Row. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more) and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (in Los Banos). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel attractions planner.

You can drive from Paso Robles to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Paso Robles in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carmel, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and San Francisco Bay. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, get curious at Exploratorium, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Philo.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Safari West
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

5
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Ford House Museum and Briceland Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from Philo: Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch), Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove) and Salt Point State Park (in Jenner). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Gualala Point Regional Park, learn about winemaking at Husch Vineyards, visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and explore and take pictures at Mendocino Coast.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Philo trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Philo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Philo, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Philo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Salt Point State Park, Gualala Point Regional Park, Black Sands Beach, Sea Ranch Chapel
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Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

5
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Get a sense of the local culture at Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park and Large Junk Art Sculptures. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt Shasta Ski Park and Castle Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Wild Horse Sanctuary (in Shingletown), Sulphur Works (in Lassen Volcanic National Park) and Siskiyou County Museum (in Yreka). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, stop by The Weed Store, get engrossed in the history at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount Shasta.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mount Shasta travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Philo to Mount Shasta takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Philo in January; daily highs in Mount Shasta reach 9°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

The Weed Store, Siskiyou County Museum, Large Junk Art Sculptures, Sulphur Works, Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

5
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Bridalveil Fall. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Dodge Ridge in Pinecrest, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: get great views at Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mount Shasta in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Dodge Ridge, Bodie State Historic Park
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Visiting Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and Mono Lake County Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Step out of Mammoth Lakes to go to Bishop and see Little Lakes Valley Trail, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at June Mountain, explore the striking landscape at Devils Postpile National Monument, head outdoors with Inyo Craters, and shop like a local with Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes vacation planning app .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Little Lakes Valley Trail, June Mountain
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:
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Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Devils Postpile National Monument ©
Devils Postpile National Monument

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cerro Gordo Mines and Eureka Mine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. When in Death Valley National Park, make a side trip to see Trona Pinnacles in Trona, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Artists Dr, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the stunning scenery at Fall Canyon, and get great views at Aguereberry Point.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online attractions planner .

Drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Cerro Gordo Mines
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Cerro Gordo Mines ©
Cerro Gordo Mines

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