60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Healdsburg
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
Mendocino
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ukiah
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Paso Robles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
London

6
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Scotty's Castle and Charcoal Kilns. Discover out-of-the-way places like Titus Canyon and Harmony Borax Works. Explore Death Valley National Park's surroundings by going to Dublin Gulch (in Shoshone), The Racetrack (in Death Valley Junction) and Trona Pinnacles (in Trona). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, get great views at Dante's View, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and explore and take pictures at Artists Dr.

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London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from London in May, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are warmer (35°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Death Valley Junction, Trona Pinnacles, Dublin Gulch
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Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
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The Racetrack

5
days
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 outdoors at Manzanar National Historic Site and Kings Canyon National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lone Pine Film History Museums and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Eastern California Museum (in Independence) and Mount Whitney Trail (in Lone Pine). There's still lots to do: trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and make a trip to General Sherman Tree.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 7°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Lone Pine
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Giant Forest
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Kings Canyon National Park
Lone Pine Film History Museums
Lone Pine Film History Museums

6
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. We've included these beaches for you: Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

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Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Cypress Point Golf Club
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

7
days
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Ross State Historic Park and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Bodega Head and Salt Point State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Healdsburg: San Francisco (Ferry Building Marketplace & San Francisco Bay), Gualala Point Regional Park (in Gualala) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Sebastopol Center For the Arts, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, and identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg holiday planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Healdsburg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Geyserville, San Francisco, Jenner, Gualala Point Regional Park, Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

6
days
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum and Point Cabrillo Light Station. Visit Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument and Noyo Headlands Park for some beach relaxation. Explore Mendocino's surroundings by going to Point Arena (Schooner Gulch State Beach & Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA), Briceland Vineyards Winery (in Redway) and Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park, get engrossed in the history at Kelley House Museum, kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and explore the activities along Big River.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendocino trip generator.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Mendocino in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Mendocino are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Fort Bragg, Briceland Vineyards Winery, Black Sands Beach
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Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum

5
days
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Do your shopping at Olive Pit and Lucero Olive Oil. Get outdoors at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge and Montgomery Woods State Reserve. Explore Ukiah's surroundings by going to Philo (Goldeneye Winery, Handley Cellars Winery, & more) and Brassfield Estate Winery (in Clearlake Oaks). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, learn about winemaking at Nelson Family Vineyards, and admire the verdant scenery at Anderson Valley.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ukiah custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Ukiah takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Philo, Corning, Barra of Mendocino, Saracina Vineyards, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
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Barra of Mendocino ©
Barra of Mendocino
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge ©
Saracina Vineyards ©
Saracina Vineyards

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panorama Trail and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Lembert Dome and May Lake Trailhead. Venture out of the city with trips to Bear Valley (Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company & Bear Valley Mountain Resort) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Wawona Meadow, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ukiah to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ukiah in June: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bear Valley, Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

7
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mission San Antonio de Padua and Adelaida Cellars. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedras Blancas and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery & Friends of Hearst Castle), Morro Bay (Morro Rock, Garden Gallery, & more) and Cambria (Cambria Cemetery & Moonstone Beach). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, take in the history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, learn about winemaking at J Dusi Winery, and stop by Kiler Ridge Olive Farm.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles vacation trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Paso Robles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Paso Robles reach 40°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Templeton, San Simeon, Morro Bay, Cambria, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

6
days
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
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.
Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church and Old Mission Santa Barbara will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Ventura Harbor Village and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: The Good Life (in Solvang), Los Olivos (Global Gardens, Carhartt Vineyard, & more) and Bart's Books (in Ojai). Dedicate the 13th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach, admire the natural beauty at Seaside Gardens, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Paso Robles in July, plan for cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Carpinteria, Bart's Books, Ventura Harbor Village, The Good Life
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Carhartt Vineyard
Carhartt Vineyard
Koehler Winery
Koehler Winery
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tercero wines

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