14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Asian Art Museum. You'll explore and learn at Legion of Honor and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, don't miss a visit to Nob Hill, and learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

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

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 Bodie State Historic Park. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Washburn Point will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (46°F), and nights are colder (14°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 56°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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.
Get some cultural insight at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Getty Center and GRAMMY Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in December, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 2nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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