22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
train + foot + Fly:  9​h
1
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Truckee
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Springs Air Museum and Slot Canyon. Get some cultural insight at Palm Springs Art Museum and The Dream Wanderer. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Integratron (in Landers) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, view the masterpieces at Motif, look for all kinds of wild species at South Lykken Trail, and shop like a local with Antique Galleries of Palm Springs.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Palm Springs route tool .

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 to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in February, expect Palm Springs to be much warmer, temps between 77°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Landers, Borrego Springs
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Cat House and Air Force Flight Test Museum. Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollyhock House for their historical value. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in February, plan for little chillier days in Los Angeles, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Air Force Flight Test Museum, The Cat House
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive 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.
On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon road trip planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, things will get little chillier in San Simeon: highs are around 66°F and lows about 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Monterey Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and get a taste of the local shopping with Venture Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey planner .

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from San Simeon in February, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Jameson Classic Motorcycle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Robert Louis Stevenson Museum (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning site .

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, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sacramento, Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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. Fort Crook Museum and Large Junk Art Sculptures are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and Mount Shasta will get you outdoors. When in Mount Shasta, make a side trip to see Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Shasta driving holiday tool .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Mount Shasta with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in February; daily highs in Mount Shasta reach 52°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Siskiyou County Museum, Fort Crook Museum, Large Junk Art Sculptures
Highlights from your plan
Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta
Fort Crook Museum ©
Fort Crook Museum
Siskiyou County Museum ©
Siskiyou County Museum

3
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters and then glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kentucky Mine Museum, examine the collection at Golden Drift Museum, and then examine the collection at Western Pacific Railroad Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Mount Shasta to Truckee takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mount Shasta in February, expect Truckee to be little chillier, temps between 45°F and 18°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Museums

Side Trips

Kentucky Mine Museum, Golden Drift Museum, Western Pacific Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Golden Drift Museum ©
Golden Drift Museum
Western Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Western Pacific Railroad Museum
Kentucky Mine Museum ©
Kentucky Mine Museum

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