60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Tel Aviv
Fly:  19​h
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
Death Valley Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ukiah
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 18 nights
Fly:  19​h
Tel Aviv

7
days
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.
Head to Amoeba Music and Third Street Promenadefor plenty of shopping. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Zuma Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Laguna Beach (Pacific Marine Mammal Center & Crystal Cove) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Los Angeles is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Irvine Spectrum Center, Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
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Getty Center The Publications
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Santa Monica Beach

6
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. Do your shopping at Seaport Village and Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Point Loma, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Oceanside Pier, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
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La Jolla Shores Park

3
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos State Reserve and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get outdoors at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Coast Gallery Big Sur, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

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Getting from San Diego to Carmel by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 23°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point

2
days
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, then stop by ARCANGELI GROCERY CO/NORMS MARKET, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero Beach. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and then kick back and relax at Moss Landing State Beach.

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You can drive from Carmel to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moss Landing, Pescadero, Pescadero Beach
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Moss Landing State Beach ©
Moss Landing State Beach
Pigeon Point Light Station ©
Pigeon Point Light Station

1
day
Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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You can drive from Santa Cruz to Death Valley Junction in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley Junction, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
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1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lone Pine Film History Museums.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley Junction to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Death Valley Junction in July since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lone Pine Film History Museums
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Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Lone Pine Film History Museums
Lone Pine Film History Museums

2
days
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 23rd (Mon), see the vivid underwater world at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and then enjoy the sand and surf at Schooner Gulch State Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, see the interesting displays at Sea Glass Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ford House Visitor Center & Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Mendocino takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight. July in Mendocino sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Fort Bragg
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

3
days
Ukiah

Ukiah
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Gracianna Winery. Get a sense of the local culture at Navarro Vineyards & Winery and Stephen & Walker Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Ukiah side-trips: Cast Wines (in Geyserville) and Gualala Point Regional Park (in Gualala). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Nelson Family Vineyards and take in the spiritual surroundings of City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

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Getting from Mendocino to Ukiah by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Ukiah sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Ukiah

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Gualala Point Regional Park, Cast Wines, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Navarro Vineyards & Winery
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Navarro Vineyards & Winery
Navarro Vineyards & Winery
Nelson Family Vineyards ©
Nelson Family Vineyards
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

3
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass and take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Ukiah to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Ukiah - with highs of 32°C and lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

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Parks Outdoors Nature
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

10
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and San Francisco Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay), Point Reyes Station (Point Reyes Seashore National Park & Limantour Beach) and Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, stroll through Baker Beach, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Head, Tomales Bay State Park
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Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

18
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
You'll get in some beach time at Manhattan Beach and Zuma Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Lake Arrowhead Village and Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Big Bear Lake (in Big Bear Region), Irvine Spectrum Center (in Irvine) and El Matador State Beach (in Malibu). Have a day of magic on the 20th (Mon) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 26th (Sun) at Disney California Adventure Park. Explore Los Angeles further: look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, revel in the low prices at Citadel Outlets, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Anaheim, Laguna Beach
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

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