14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Columbus
Fly + bus + taxi:  11​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Pebble Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Huntington Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Columbus

2
days
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then trek along Wawona Meadow.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Columbus to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Columbus in July, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
days
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 21st (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then have fun at RocketBoat.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pebble Beach trip site .

Getting from San Francisco to Pebble Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You will leave for San Simeon on the 23rd (Mon).

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1
day
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then admire all the interesting features of State Street.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Pebble Beach to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Pebble Beach in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

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Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1
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Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Huntington Beach online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, Huntington Beach is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

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Newport Beach
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Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Balboa Island
Balboa Island

2
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San Diego

San Diego
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 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planning app .

Getting from Huntington Beach to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in San Diego, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Joshua Tree National Park.

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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

1
day
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip app .

Getting from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit warmer, around 78°F, while days are warmer, around 106°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

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Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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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.
On the 29th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, and then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route planner .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Santa Monica Pier
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

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