18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like California State Railroad Museum and de Young Museum. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and stop by Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online attractions planner.

Singapore, Singapore to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Singapore to San Francisco. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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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. On the 1st (Sat), explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon holiday planning site.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in February, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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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 3rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then cruise along Artists Dr.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. 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 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and The Getty Center. Explore hidden gems such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at Galpin Auto Sports, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip tool.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in February: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 25°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Palm Springs

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tennis Club District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs online trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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San Diego

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego tour builder.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in February, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums

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.