15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
car:  6​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
car:  6​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Tue), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In February in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
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 13th (Thu): hit the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe holiday tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in February, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Heavenly Mountain Resort

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Pohono Bridge and then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Sun), go deep underground at Eureka Mine and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. 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 up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, explore the striking landscape at Keys View, and then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, then don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Joshua Tree National Park when traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

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 19th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, then take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, then get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally make a trip to Frey House II. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then hunt for treasures at VillageFest, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs route planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, Palm Springs is a bit warmer than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, childrens museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Getty Center, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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