5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 1 night
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at de Young Museum, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then wander the streets of Chinatown.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online itinerary planner.

Salt Lake City to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Salt Lake City in February, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: highs in Los Angeles hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Palm Springs

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Palm Springs Air Museum and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online travel route planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: highs in Palm Springs hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums

San Diego

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego journey planning site.

Drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in February, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums

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.