14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
subway + Fly + bus:  18​h 15​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano and then immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Valletta, Malta to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and tram. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Valletta to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In September in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Santa Monica Pier, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, get great views at Tunnel View, and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Monterey, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Castello di Amorosa. Relax by the water at Bodega Dunes and Marshall’s Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to St. Helena to see Pride Mountain Vineyards about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco visit planning site .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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