18 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Newport Beach
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Irvine
— 9 nights
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San Diego
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
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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.
To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in March, plan for much hotter days in Los Angeles, with highs around 27°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Newport Beach.
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Newport Beach — 3 nights

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Inspiration Point, then tee off at Pelican Hill Golf Club, then walk around Heisler Park, and finally stop by Buy Hand.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Newport Beach sightseeing planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Newport Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Irvine.
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Irvine — 9 nights

Irvine is a city in Orange County, California, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crystal Cove and San Clemente Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Irvine: Riverside (University of California Riverside Botanic Gardens & Mission Inn Museum), Colton Area Museum (in Colton) and San Clemente (San Clemente Coastal Trail & Rainbow Sandals). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mariners Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Doheny State Beach, and stroll around Alta Laguna PArk.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Irvine road trip planning site.

Irvine is just a stone's throw from Newport Beach. In March, daytime highs in Irvine are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Irvine to San Diego takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in San Diego are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will leave for Palm Springs on the 18th (Sat).
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Palm Springs — 2 nights

On the 18th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at South Lykken Trail, hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails, then look for gifts at Wabi Sabi Japan Living, and finally tee off at Escena Golf Club. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Desert Holocaust Memorial, see Off-Road Tours, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, and finally stroll through Palm Springs Museum Trail.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs route planner.

Getting from San Diego to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 day

City of Angels

On the 20th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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