20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Simi Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dana Point
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Desert
Drive
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San Diego
— 11 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Walt Disney Family Museum, Hearst Castle, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, visit Chinatown, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, and finally play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Exploratorium, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

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Columbus to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Columbus in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 59°F and lows about 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
You've added Museum of Selfies, UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, The Hollywood Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Norton Simon Museum and Griffith Observatory. Get a sense of the local culture at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get curious at California Science Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Simi Valley.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Simi Valley

— 2 nights
The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Rodeo Drive as well as Paley Center for Media. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, see the interesting displays at Paley Center for Media, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve, and finally examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Running Horse Ranch and then explore the striking landscape at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Simi Valley takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Simi Valley are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Dana Point.

Things to do in Simi Valley

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dana Point

— 2 nights
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Los Rios Historic District, then get engrossed in the history at Montanez Adobe, and finally examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano. On your second day here, go for a stroll along the water at Dana Point Harbor, then view the masterpieces at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, and finally take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier.

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Traveling by car from Simi Valley to Dana Point takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Dana Point

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert

Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palm Desert travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dana Point to Palm Desert in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Palm Desert can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Nature

San Diego

— 11 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and San Diego Automotive Museum. Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, get engrossed in the history at Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Desert to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.