14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Moonstone Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon route maker app .

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 33°F in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then stroll through Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder app .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
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 out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and El Capitan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bodie State Historic Park. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, stroll through Curry Village Ice Rink, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 14°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
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 1st (Wed): explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. In December, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 56°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

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 Palette ©
Artists Palette

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip maker .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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