16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  15​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Zurich

2
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.
On the 26th (Sun), step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego driving holiday website .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Diego is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In May, San Diego is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to General Sherman Tree and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
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.
Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 30°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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