16 days in California, Arizona & Texas Itinerary

16 days in California, Arizona & Texas Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff, Fly to San Antonio
7
San Antonio
— 1 day
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get great views at Twin Peaks. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online attractions planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in March, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
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Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 25th (Mon), kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Elizabeth Lake and Nature Center at Happy Isles. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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Santa Monica

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: highs in Santa Monica hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

3
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San Diego

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Children's Pool and Black's Beach. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of tram and train. March in San Diego sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail will get you outdoors. On the 4th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from San Diego in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 19°C by day to -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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San Antonio

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and finally go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Antonio takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Antonio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Antonio: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.

Arizona travel guide

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Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.