14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Arcata
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Guadalajara

2
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.
On the 14th (Sun), look for gifts at Amoeba Music and then browse the different shops at The Grove. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

Plan my day in Los Angeles using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Grove ©
The Grove

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 17th (Wed): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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 19th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in July, with highs in Carmel at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Arcata.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
day
Arcata

Arcata ©
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, then stop by Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, then identify plant and animal life at Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Community Forest.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Arcata trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Arcata with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Arcata are cooler (20°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Arcata

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ©
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arcata to San Francisco. When traveling from Arcata in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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