17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Bridgeport
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Mon), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then take a stroll through Union Square, and then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

2
nights
Carmel

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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carmel online route planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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.
On the 15th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon online route planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in February, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

1
night
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Mono County Museum and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie State Historic Park. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, get engrossed in the history at Mono Basin Historical Society, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bridgeport trip itinerary app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Bridgeport in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from San Simeon in February, things will get slightly colder in Bridgeport: highs are around 10°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Gaylor Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Gaylor Lake ©
Gaylor Lake
Mono County Museum ©
Mono County Museum

2
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Head to The Weed Store and Soul Connectionsfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Crook Museum and Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Large Junk Art Sculptures in Cassel (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center, get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castle Lake, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mount Shasta online trip planner .

Drive from Bridgeport to Mount Shasta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Bridgeport in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mount Shasta, with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fort Crook Museum, The Weed Store, Large Junk Art Sculptures
Highlights from your plan
Shasta-Trinity National Forest ©
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Fort Crook Museum ©
Fort Crook Museum
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 21st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, then stop by Brandini Toffee, and finally explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Integratron, then look for gifts at Coyote Corner, then view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery, and finally wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs vacation website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Shasta to Palm Springs. In February, Palm Springs is much warmer than Mount Shasta - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Integratron, Coyote Corner
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Camarillo Premium Outlets. The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stop by UCLA Store, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Melrose Trading Post.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. 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). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Camarillo Premium Outlets, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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