13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Portland

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Union Square, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning site .

Portland to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Portland in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 58°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 20th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 66°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
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.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Avila Adobe will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum, Hermosa Beach Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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