13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
3
Cambria
— 1 night
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Petersen Automotive Museum. Next up on the itinerary: catch a movie at California Science Center, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Hamburg, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Hamburg in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are much warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): cruise along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then contemplate the long history of Geologist's Cabin, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll through Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cambria travel planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Cambria by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Asilomar State Beach, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel online visit planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Asilomar State Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crissy Field and Anchor Brewing Company. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of War Memorial Opera House, learn about winemaking at Press Club, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Anchor Brewing Company ©
Anchor Brewing Company

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