15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Solvang
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Boston

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Visit Tennis Club District and Indian Canyons for their historical value. Get outdoors at Slot Canyon and Wonderland of Rocks. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Twentynine Palms (The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery & 29 Palms Art Gallery), Palm Desert (CODA Gallery & Heather James Fine Art) and Borrego Art Institute (in Borrego Springs). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Brandini Toffee, view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District, and explore the galleries of Palm Springs Air Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs holiday app .

Boston to Palm Springs is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Boston in January: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 71°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Solvang.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Twentynine Palms, Borrego Springs, Wonderland of Rocks
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Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Brandini Toffee ©
Brandini Toffee

2
nights
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 10th (Mon), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Solvang Antiques, do a tasting at Carhartt Vineyard, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, then get a new perspective on nature at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, and finally get into the urban bustle at Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, then learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards, then do a tasting at Barbieri Wines, and finally see the interesting displays at Mendenhall's Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Solvang trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Palm Springs to Solvang by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in January, with highs in Solvang at 66°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Solvang

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Mendenhall's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at artifacts gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel and Hearst Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cambria: Fiona Bleu Gallery (in Morro Bay) and Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Harmony Pottery Works, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, get engrossed in the history at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cambria route maker site .

You can drive from Solvang to Cambria in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Cambria sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Fiona Bleu Gallery, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel ©
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll get in some beach time at Del Monte Beach and Point Lobos. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Cheese Shop and Cannery Row Antique Mall. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip planning site .

You can drive from Cambria to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in January since evenings lows in Monterey dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Del Monte Beach ©
Del Monte Beach
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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