12 days in Maine & California Itinerary

12 days in Maine & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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Rockland
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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Rockland

Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by FIORE Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars and then contemplate the long history of Farnsworth Art Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rockland journey maker app.

Nashville to Rockland is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Rockland is 1 hour. While traveling from Nashville, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Rockland, ranging from highs of 33°F to lows of 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Rockland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
de Young Museum and Exploratorium will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, go for a walk through Lombard Street, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Rockland to San Francisco takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Rockland to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rockland in February, things will get much warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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.
On the 10th (Wed), stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Francisco in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at California Science Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Step off the beaten path and head to Petersen Automotive Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, shop like a local with The Grove, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and stop by Edelweiss Chocolate Factory.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from San Simeon in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons and then wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Palm Springs.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs journey planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: highs in Palm Springs hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.

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.