16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In January, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Charlotte - with highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area, make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 13°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Curry Village Ice Rink ©
Curry Village Ice Rink

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
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.
Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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