61 days in California Itinerary

61 days in California Itinerary

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Monterey
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
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Orick
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights

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Monterey — 4 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Mission. You'll get in some beach time at Asilomar State Beach and Carmel Beach. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Canepa Motorsports Museum (in Scotts Valley) and National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, examine the collection at Monterey County Youth Museum, take an in-depth tour of Colton Hall Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association.

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

San Diego to Monterey is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in September: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 6 nights

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Do your shopping at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and Grass Roots Natural Foods. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pope Beach and Sand Harbor. Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport), Reno (Truckee River Walk & National Automobile Museum) and Meeks Bay Beach (in Tahoma). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, get engrossed in the history at Nevada State Railroad Museum, and snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online vacation planner.

You can fly from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in September, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 10 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.
Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Mariposa Museum and History Center (in Mariposa) and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum (in Groveland). On the 6th (Thu), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

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Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Orick.
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Orick — 3 nights

Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Get out of town with these interesting Orick side-trips: Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath). There's still lots to do: cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Johnson Grove, and snap pictures at Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Orick vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Orick. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Orick when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.
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Healdsburg — 6 nights

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 St. John the Baptist Catholic Church are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Indian Springs Art Gallery or Jimtown Store. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum (in Point Arena), Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch) and Gualala Point Regional Park (in Gualala). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Orick to Healdsburg takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Orick in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Napa.
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Napa — 5 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.
Do your shopping at Mumm Napa and Oxbow Public Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hess Persson Estates and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (VGS Chateau Potelle, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more) and Calistoga (Sterling Vineyards & Castello di Amorosa). There's more to do: do a tasting at Robert Biale Vineyards and take in the pleasant sights at Riverfront Promenade.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Napa online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Napa can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and explore the world behind art at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in October, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 6 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
General Sherman Tree and The Presidente tree are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Three Rivers (Slick Rock Recreation Area & The Senate) and ImagineU Children's Museum (in Visalia). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and hike along Little Baldy Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Montana Avenue. Museum-lovers will get to explore Norton Simon Museum and Griffith Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 6 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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and San Diego Bay Walk will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stop by San Diego Fly Rides, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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