14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Fly:  43​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Columbia

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pescadero State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder site .

Columbia to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Columbia in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 48°F in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pescadero State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, then do a tasting at Williamson Wines Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Seghesio Family Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Calistoga road trip planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Calistoga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, Calistoga is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Modus Operandi Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Williamson Wines Tasting Room ©
Williamson Wines Tasting Room

1
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 11th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Calistoga to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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.
On the 12th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planning app .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carmel in February since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Running Horse Ranch and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in February since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Running Horse Ranch, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and then tee off at Escena Golf Club.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online road trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 52°F. On the 17th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Escena Golf Club ©
Escena Golf Club

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