15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Los Angeles, Bus to Palm Springs
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Borrego Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Indian Canyons and Off-Road Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palm Springs Art Museum and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert (about 32 minutes away).

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs travel itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Palm Springs is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from Manchester to Palm Springs, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in March: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borrego Springs

— 1 night
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on California Overland Desert Excursions and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Borrego Springs road trip tool.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Borrego Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Palm Springs in March, Borrego Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, then admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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You can drive from Borrego Springs to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, tram, and train. Traveling from Borrego Springs in March, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (27°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, stroll through Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

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Getting from Los Angeles to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Carmel

— 1 night
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 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Sun), engage your brain at Exploratorium, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, stroll through Alcatraz Island, then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, get great views at Washburn Point, see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, cruise along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 24°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.