17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: Bangkok

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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 Castello di Amorosa and San Francisco Bay. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey website .

Bangkok, Thailand to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Bangkok to San Francisco. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in February, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
On the 6th (Thu), take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online journey planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Death Valley National Park sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 9th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, then hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, and then stop by Brandini Toffee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, then don't miss a visit to Frey House II, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and finally hunt for treasures at VillageFest.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs day trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. In February, Palm Springs is a bit warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in February, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to June Lake to see June Mountain about 52 minutes away. On the 13th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 10°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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