60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Palm Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Sacramento
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Napa
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Adelaide

7
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA). Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Pamo Valley Winery (in Ramona). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, walk around Balboa Park, and examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 21.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to San Diego. Traveling from Adelaide in March, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Encinitas, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Pamo Valley Winery
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 8:
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

7
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Sunnylands Center & Gardens and Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Cabot's Pueblo Museum and CODA Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Joshua Tree National Park (Barker Dam Trail & Cottonwood Spring Oasis), Whitewater Preserve (in Riverside) and Living Free Animal Sanctuary (in Mountain Center).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs trip builder website.

You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, The Dream Wanderer, Whitewater Preserve
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 15:
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Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts ©
Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

9
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Popular historic sites such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Avila Adobe are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools (in Laguna Beach), Huntington Beach Art Center (in Huntington Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at California Science Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art, and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools, Huntington Beach Art Center, Santa Monica Pier, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Norton Simon Museum
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 24:
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

7
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Santa Barbara Historical Museum and Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Foxen Vineyard & Winery and Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Olivos (Stolpman Vineyards, Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, &more), Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach) and Rancho Sisquoc Winery (in Santa Maria). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, learn about winemaking at Sanford Winery & Vineyards, and admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara vacation planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 24°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Lompoc, Solvang, Santa Maria, The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 31:
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Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

6
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cima Collina. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Cruz side-trips: Pebble Beach (Bird Rock Vista Point & Pebble Beach Golf Links), Carmel (Carmel River State Beach, Gallery by the Sea Carmel, &more) and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe (in Monterey). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove, kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and admire the natural beauty at Hidden Villa Farm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In March in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Los Altos, Moss Landing
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 6:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
California State Railroad Museum and Windwalker Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sacramento: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (in Butte City), Harney Lane Winery (in Lodi) and Cosumnes River Preserve (in Galt). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Falconry, do a tasting at Amador 360 Winery Collective, and enjoy the sand and surf at West End Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Cruz in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sacramento, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Plymouth, West Coast Falconry, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, West End Beach, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:
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West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Saluti Cellars ©
Saluti Cellars

7
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Sharpsteen Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Inglenook and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Sebastopol (Spirit Works Distillery & Dutton Goldfield Winery), Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, &more) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa trip planner.

Getting from Sacramento to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Napa when traveling from Sacramento in April, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Calistoga, Yountville
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 19:
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Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at de Young Museum and Legion of Honor. Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, do a tasting at Press Club, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route site.

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Napa in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 28:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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