14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Vienna

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Vienna, Austria to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Change things up with a short trip to June Mountain in June Lake (about 50 minutes away). On the 27th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

June Mountain
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): hike along Point Lobos, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally do a tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Monterey hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Ridge Winery ©
Carmel Ridge Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip builder site .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in December, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip app .

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online journey planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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