60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Palm Springs
— 7 nights
3
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
4
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mingei International Museum and Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna) and Pamo Valley Winery (in Ramona). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego road trip planning app .

Adelaide, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to San Diego is minus 17 hours. While traveling from Adelaide, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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 ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

7
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sunnylands Center & Gardens and Las Palmas. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Dream Wanderer and CODA Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Joshua Tree National Park (Barker Dam Trail & Cottonwood Spring Oasis), Living Free Animal Sanctuary (in Mountain Center) and Whitewater Preserve (in Riverside). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Murray Canyon Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hellhole Canyon Trail, get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and see the interesting displays at Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip builder website .

You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in March, you will find days in Palm Springs are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, The Dream Wanderer, Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Whitewater Wilderness Preserve
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Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. You'll explore and learn at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museum of Tolerance. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Huntington Beach Art Center (in Huntington Beach), Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools (in Laguna Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, get curious at California Science Center, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles route maker app .

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in March, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Huntington Beach Art Center, Norton Simon Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Glenn E. Vedder Ecological Reserve - Underwater Park and Tidepools
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 24:
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street Underpass. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rancho Sisquoc Winery and Sanford Winery & Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach), Foxen Vineyard & Winery (in Santa Maria) and Los Olivos (Stolpman Vineyards, Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio, & more). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, brush up on your military savvy at Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum, do a tasting at Rusack Vineyards, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fillmore Fish Hatchery.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, Santa Barbara is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, Solvang, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cima Collina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Pebble Beach (Bird Rock Vista Point & Pebble Beach Golf Links), Pacific Grove (Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge & Asilomar State Beach) and Carmel (Carmel River State Beach, China Cove and Gibson Beach, & more). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hidden Villa Farm, identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. 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, Moss Landing, Los Altos, Pebble Beach
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Sacramento: Gray Lodge Wildlife Area (in Butte City), Cosumnes River Preserve (in Galt) and Harney Lane Winery (in Lodi). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Falconry, learn about winemaking at Domaine de la Terre Rouge/Easton, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West End Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento online road trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in April, you will find days in Sacramento are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Plymouth, Harney Lane Winery, West Coast Falconry, Wilderness Archery, Saluti Cellars
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
Cosumnes River Preserve ©
Cosumnes River Preserve

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sapphire Hill Winery and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Sebastopol (Spirit Works Distillery & Dutton Goldfield Winery) and Healdsburg (Stephen & Walker Winery, Thumbprint Cellars, & more). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Napa trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sacramento in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Napa. 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, Sonoma, Yountville
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 19:
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Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through The Castro, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, 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
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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