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
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Dana Point
— 2 nights
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Palm Desert
— Few hours
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San Diego
— 11 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

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, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, stop by Chinatown, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, and finally play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

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Columbus to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. 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 travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Los Angeles

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.
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 Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Get a sense of the local culture at Norton Simon Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Simi Valley.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum

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Simi Valley

Simi Valley ©
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: tour the pleasant surroundings 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 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 · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve ©
Point Dume State Beach and Preserve
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Paley Center for Media ©
Paley Center for Media

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Dana Point

Dana Point ©
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, contemplate the long history of Los Rios Historic District, then steep yourself in history at Montanez Adobe, and finally examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Dana Point Harbor, admire the striking features of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, and finally take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dana Point online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Simi Valley to Dana Point takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Dana Point

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Montanez Adobe ©
Montanez Adobe

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Palm Desert

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 do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. 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

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San Diego

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Marston House Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip website.

Traveling by car from Palm Desert to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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