16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Madrid, Spain to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Madrid to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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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). On the 3rd (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then hike along Bluff Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

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Drive from Los Angeles to Cambria in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Cambria hover around 20°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary site.

Getting from Cambria to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Cambria in January, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Exploratorium and St. Ignatius Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Dominic Church, take a stroll through North Beach, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco route builder.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Badger Pass Ski Area and Yosemite Falls. Get in touch with nature at Vernal Fall and El Capitan. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are colder (-12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Palm Springs

On the 14th (Thu), deepen your understanding at Palm Springs Air Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Theresa Church, then delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, and finally explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

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Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, expect Palm Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.