6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

You are viewing a shared plan.  Customize plan

Route & dates

6 days in California Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
New York City

2
days
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.
On the 12th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel itinerary creator.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool

few
hours
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect Carmel to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Trails Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tee off at Lincoln Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation builder.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Lincoln Park

Similar Plans

7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in California & Baltimore BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in California BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans