14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glen Alpine Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park

— 3 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Take a break from the city and head to Cottonwood Spring Oasis and Geology Tour Road. Step off the beaten path and head to Keys Ranch and Box Canyon Road. Change things up with a short trip to Ladder Canyon Trail in Mecca (about 44 minutes away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Joshua Tree National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 28°C. You'll set off for Santa Monica on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 5 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion and Park. Appreciate the collections at The Wende Museum of the Cold War and Camera Obscura. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes), Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach) and Redondo Beach (in Redondo Beach). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and stroll around Palisades Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Monica takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, expect nights in Santa Monica to be a bit cooler, around 21°C, while days are cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.