14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Thessaloniki
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Thessaloniki

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco journey app .

Thessaloniki, Greece to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Thessaloniki in February, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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 19th (Wed): explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 17-Mile Drive, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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 21st (Fri): hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then get great views at Valley View, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carmel in February: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 10°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art, then shop like a local with Spanish Village Art Center, and finally stroll through Children's Pool.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey builder tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get outdoors at Santa Monica Mountains and Zuma Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Montana Avenue and Third Street Promenade. When in Santa Monica, make a side trip to see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica planner .

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Two Rodeo Drive, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

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