60 days in California, Texas & Miami Itinerary

60 days in California, Texas & Miami Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Crescent City
— 6 nights
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Corpus Christi
— 2 nights
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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Miami
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Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Let the collections at The Broad and Petersen Automotive Museum capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 8:

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get answers to all your questions at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon travel website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 5 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.
Visiting Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moro Rock Trail and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Grant Grove.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from San Simeon in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Yosemite National Park

— 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 25:

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, &more). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monterey online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Monterey to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Haight-Ashbury. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol), St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars & V. Sattui Winery) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Crescent City

— 6 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get a sense of the local culture at Trees of Mystery and Battery Point Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Fern Canyon. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, California Coastal Trail, &more), Orick (Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy & Lady Bird Johnson Grove) and Redwood Highway (in Eureka). There's more to do: trek along Stout Grove.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Crescent City trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit cooler in Crescent City: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 10:

Corpus Christi

— 2 nights

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at USS Lexington Museum on the Bay and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Aransas Beach. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Malaquite Beach and Pavilion and then explore the striking landscape of Padre Island National Seashore.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Corpus Christi tour itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to Corpus Christi takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in September; daily highs in Corpus Christi reach 38°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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South Padre Island

— 2 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc..

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Corpus Christi to South Padre Island in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in South Padre Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miami.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Miami

— 15 nights

Magic City

Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Get a sense of the local culture at History of Diving Museum and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Escape the urban bustle at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and Anhinga Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miami: Everglades National Park (Gumbo Limbo Trail & Pa-hay-okee Trail), Boca Raton (Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Mizner Park, &more) and Flamingo Gardens (in Davie). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Molasses Reef, enjoy some diversion at Lock & Load Miami, admire the masterpieces at Perez Art Museum Miami, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hollywood Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Miami tour builder.

Getting from South Padre Island to Miami by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September in Miami, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Miami

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 29:

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.