13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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Long Beach
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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Long Beach

— 4 nights

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens and Rancho Los Cerritos. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pacific Marine Mammal Center and Seal Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Long Beach side-trips: Corona del Mar (Sherman Library & Gardens & Roger's Gardens). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rosie's Dog Beach, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take a stroll through Downtown Long Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with 2SeeWhales Harbor Breeze Cruises.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Long Beach road trip planner.

Honolulu to Long Beach is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Honolulu to Long Beach, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Long Beach is slightly colder than Honolulu - with highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Las Americas Premium Outlets, then buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Valley, and then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Coronado Dog Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Long Beach to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip website.

You can drive from San Diego to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Traveling from San Diego in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then look for gifts at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally wander the streets of Ocean Avenue. On the next day, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Cannery Row Antique Mall, and finally learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip maker website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and then get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park planning app.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Monterey in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, then take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Palm Springs

— 1 night
On the 4th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at South Lykken Trail, then hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, then make a trip to Sonny Bono Statue, and finally stop by Brandini Toffee.

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Getting from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. In December, Palm Springs is somewhat warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

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.