5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, then browse the different shops at The Grove, then look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation planner

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Los Angeles. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planning website

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Carmel to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island and then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and then don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip maker

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Union Square ©
Union Square

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