5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at de Young Museum, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Minneapolis to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Los Angeles

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

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Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 74°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Palm Springs

Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum and then see the interesting displays at Palm Springs Air Museum.

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Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums
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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.