24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Murrieta
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Simi Valley
— 3 nights
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Pasadena
— 3 nights
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Orange
— 3 nights
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Rancho Palos Verdes
— 3 nights
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Marina del Rey
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe Springs
— 2 nights
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Burbank
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Spokes N Stuff, Museum of Illusions, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and other attractions. On the 24th (Tue), make a trip to The Chandelier Tree, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Southwest Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of Failure, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The Santee Alley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, then examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum, and finally have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Murrieta.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Murrieta

— 1 night
Murrieta is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological. On the 26th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, have fun and explore at Pennypickle's Workshop - Temecula Children's Museum, then visit Old Town Temecula, and finally stop by Temecula Olive Oil Company.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Murrieta itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Murrieta takes 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in December since evenings lows in Murrieta dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Murrieta

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You've now added Ice House Canyon Trail to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Ice House Canyon Trail, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally get great views at Dante's View.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Murrieta to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder than Murrieta - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Simi Valley.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Simi Valley

— 3 nights
The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. You've now added Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and then get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, and then have some family-friendly fun at Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Simi Valley trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Simi Valley in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December; daily highs in Simi Valley reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Pasadena.

Things to do in Simi Valley

Museums · Beaches · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pasadena

— 3 nights

City of Roses

Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
Old Pasadena has been added to your itinerary. Let the collections at Norton Simon Museum and The Gamble House capture your imagination. Visiting Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center and Angeles National Forest will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Jackie Robinson's Boyhood Home, explore the engaging exhibits at Kidspace Children's Museum, and enjoy some diversion at Rose Bowl Stadium.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pasadena trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Simi Valley to Pasadena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Simi Valley in December: high temperatures in Pasadena hover around 15°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Orange.

Things to do in Pasadena

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Orange

— 3 nights
Orange is a city located in Orange County, California. You've now added Peters Canyon Regional Park to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then take in breathtaking views at Peters Canyon Regional Park, and then enjoy some diversion at Irvine Regional Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with South Coast Plaza.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Orange trip planner.

Drive from Pasadena to Orange in an hour. Traveling from Pasadena in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Orange: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rancho Palos Verdes.

Things to do in Orange

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Rancho Palos Verdes

— 3 nights
Rancho Palos Verdes is a city in Los Angeles County, California atop the Palos Verdes Hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Your day by day itinerary now includes Wayfarers Chapel. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Point Vicente Interpretive Center and The Queen Mary. Get some cultural insight at Point Vicente Lighthouse and Neighborhood Church. Explore Rancho Palos Verdes' surroundings by going to Long Beach (Shoreline Village & Helicopter Tours). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park & Ecological Reserve, go for a walk through Ocean Trails Reserve, walk around Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of the Pacific.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rancho Palos Verdes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Orange to Rancho Palos Verdes takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Rancho Palos Verdes are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Marina del Rey.

Things to do in Rancho Palos Verdes

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marina del Rey

— 3 nights
Marina del Rey is an unincorporated seaside community and census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California. Marina del Rey Whale Watching has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with Marina del Rey Whale Watching, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, then take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, get curious at Camera Obscura, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marina del Rey online trip planner.

You can drive from Rancho Palos Verdes to Marina del Rey in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Marina del Rey can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe Springs.

Things to do in Marina del Rey

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Fe Springs

— 2 nights
Santa Fe Springs is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Heritage Park. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and then stroll around Heritage Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsi Lai Temple, get lost in a book at Cerritos Library, then take an in-depth tour of Rancho Los Cerritos, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Skyrose Chapel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Marina del Rey to Santa Fe Springs takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Burbank.

Things to do in Santa Fe Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Burbank

— 3 nights

Media Capital of the World

Just a short drive from Hollywood and home to several entertainment companies, Burbank is saturated with connections to the media.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Portal of the Folded Wing. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): trek along Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, examine the collection at The Cat House, and then make a trip to Portal of the Folded Wing. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, then explore and take pictures at Mulholland Drive, then take a stroll through Sunset Strip, and finally stroll around Greystone Mansion and Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Burbank trip itinerary builder tool.

Burbank is just a stone's throw from Santa Fe Springs. In January, daytime highs in Burbank are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Burbank

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.