13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney. Take a break from Anaheim with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Dana Point, about 40 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 24th (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park. The adventure continues: experience the excitement of Star Wars Launch Bay.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim trip planning site .

Chicago to Anaheim is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and The Getty Center. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, admire all the interesting features of Dodger Stadium, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder website .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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 26th (Fri), get great views at Ragged Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon tour itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning site .

Getting from San Simeon to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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