13 days in Los Angeles, Death Valley National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

13 days in Los Angeles, Death Valley National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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13 days in Los Angeles, Death Valley National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oceanside Pier and Heisler Park. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: San Clemente (Rainbow Sandals & San Clemente Pier), Old Town Temecula (in Temecula) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 27th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at The Japanese Garden, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Los Angeles. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Clemente, Anaheim, Dana Point Harbor, Heisler Park, The Getty Villa
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 31st (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and then don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park attractions planning site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 58°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at de Young Museum, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and then explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip website .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Death Valley National Park to San Francisco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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