19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  9​h
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Truckee
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Philadelphia

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 1st (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum and then take in the exciting artwork at Motif.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Palm Springs trip builder website .

Philadelphia to Palm Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in February, things will get much warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 77°F and lows about 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollyhock House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, admire the masterpieces at La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip 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, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Gamble House, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, and finally learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Simeon road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, things will get a bit cooler in San Simeon: highs are around 66°F and lows about 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Greenspace Creekside Reserve ©
Greenspace Creekside Reserve
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. Spend the 9th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, view the masterpieces at Venture Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in February, Monterey is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Legion of Honor. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fort Crook Museum and Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Appreciate the collections at Large Junk Art Sculptures and Franco American Hotel. When in Mount Shasta, make a side trip to see Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: glide through natural beauty at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and engage your brain at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Shasta trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Mount Shasta with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in February, with highs in Mount Shasta at 52°F and lows at 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Museums Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yreka, Large Junk Art Sculptures, Fort Crook Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fort Crook Museum ©
Fort Crook Museum
Mt. Shasta Nordic Center ©
Mt. Shasta Nordic Center
Siskiyou County Museum ©
Siskiyou County Museum

3
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 17th (Mon), ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country and then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Mine Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at KidZone Museum, then examine the collection at Donner Summit Historical Museum, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Truckee trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to Truckee in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Mount Shasta in February, with highs in Truckee at 45°F and lows at 18°F. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Truckee

Winter Sports Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Donner Summit Historical Museum, Kentucky Mine Museum, Tahoe Cross Country
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe Donner Cross Country ©
Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Kentucky Mine Museum ©
Kentucky Mine Museum
Donner Summit Historical Museum ©
Donner Summit Historical Museum

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