15 days in California & Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in California & Tennessee Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights


San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, shop like a local with Union Square, and brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly to Los Angeles.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Los Angeles — 3 nights

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.
On the 27th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

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Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 83°F and lows are around 66°F. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hartford.
Theme Parks · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Hartford — 1 night

On the 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Bush's Visitor Center, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Fly from Los Angeles to Hartford in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. July in Hartford sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 3 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Attractions like Mount LeConte and Roaring Fork make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Alum Cave Trail and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, hike along Fighting Creek Trail, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Parking.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short distance from Hartford. In July in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and North Dome. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, stroll through Lembert Dome, cruise along Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Yosemite National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

California travel guide

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.

Tennessee travel guide

Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.