15 days in Columbia & California Itinerary

15 days in Columbia & California Itinerary

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Columbia
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Borrego Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Columbia

— 2 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbia: Aiken (Aiken Golf Club & Hitchcock Woods). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Cocky Statue, meet the residents at Sea Lion Landing, and hike along Cayce Riverwalk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Columbia online trip itinerary builder.

Charlotte to Columbia is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In March in Columbia, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Columbia to San Diego by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbia to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Columbia in March since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Borrego Springs

— 1 night
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 15th (Mon), explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and then get a dose of the wild on California Overland Desert Excursions.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Borrego Springs trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Borrego Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Borrego Springs, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive · Parks

Los Angeles

— 2 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 16th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

Drive from Borrego Springs to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, tram, and train. When traveling from Borrego Springs in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, get great views at Washburn Point, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in March; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 53°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: highs in San Francisco hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.