14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Venice
Fly + bus:  20​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lone Pine
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Redding
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Palm Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Venice

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park tour planner.

Venice, Italy to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

1
night
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. On the 20th (Wed), stroll through Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, then stroll through Mount Whitney Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest, and finally hike along Horseshoe Meadow Trail.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lone Pine road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine takes 2 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lone Pine, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Inyo National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lone Pine to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lone Pine in March: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 13°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Redding.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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day
Redding

Redding ©
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): trek along Swasey Recreation Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, then stroll through Clover Creek Preserve Trail, and finally snap pictures at Sundial Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Redding trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Redding in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Redding: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redding

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Swasey Recreation Area ©
Swasey Recreation Area
Sundial Bridge ©
Sundial Bridge

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then admire all the interesting features of Golden Gate Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Getting from Redding to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carmel are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then shop like a local with Cambria Nursery & Florist, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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day
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, stroll through Cactus to Clouds, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Tennis Club District, and finally make a trip to Frey House II.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Palm Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Simeon in March; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 34°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Cactus to Clouds ©
Cactus to Clouds

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 29th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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