15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  8​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and stroll through Crissy Field.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Honolulu to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Honolulu to San Francisco, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in January, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 59°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, and make a trip to Pothole Dome.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 70°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
San Diego

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego route builder website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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