12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  15 min
3
Pasadena
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 8th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica journey site.

Washington DC to Santa Monica is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Santa Monica, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in March, expect Santa Monica to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as well as Hollywood Sign. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at LA Farmers' Market and Hammer Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with The Grove, and get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. You will leave for Pasadena on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
Pasadena

Pasadena ©
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Gamble House, and then enjoy some diversion at Rose Bowl Stadium. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to City of Pasadena City Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Pasadena, and then try your luck at Santa Anita Race Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pasadena trip maker tool.

Pasadena is very close to Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Pasadena to be a bit cooler, temps between 64°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Pasadena

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Santa Anita Race Park
Highlights from your plan
The Gamble House ©
The Gamble House
Old Pasadena ©
Old Pasadena

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Pioneertown has been added to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Indian Canyons and Palm Canyon. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Brandini Toffee and Motif.

Plan my trip to Palm Springs with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Pasadena to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pasadena in March; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 84°F and lows reach 58°F. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bump and Grind Trail, Cabot's Pueblo Museum, Pioneertown
Highlights from your plan
Cabot's Pueblo Museum ©
Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Canyon ©
Palm Canyon

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