14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Venture out of the city with trips to Judd's Hill MicroCrush (in Napa) and St. Helena (VGS Chateau Potelle & V. Sattui Winery). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): delve into the mystery of Winchester Mystery House, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Rose Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): engage your brain at The Tech Interactive and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Jose day trip site.

Getting from San Francisco to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a subway. In April, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Jose

Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, take in the views from Rocky Creek Bridge, then stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

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Getting from San Jose to Big Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation builder website.

You can drive from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in April: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 75°F and lows are around 56°F.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

California travel guide

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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.