15 days in California & Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in California & Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Museum of Ice Cream, wander the streets of Union Square, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planning website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 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 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hartford.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Hartford

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Bush's Visitor Center, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hartford travel planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Hartford in 9 hours. Other options are to 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. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Hartford

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount LeConte and Ramsey Cascades. Kids will enjoy Chimneys Picnic Area and Grotto Falls Parking. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, stroll through Alum Cave Trail, and appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hartford to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. August in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · 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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Vernal Fall and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, trek along Cathedral Lake Trail, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

Plan a Yosemite National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

California travel guide

4.1
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

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.