16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Big Bear City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Appleton

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online itinerary planner .

Appleton to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Appleton in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Big Bear City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
Big Bear City

Big Bear City ©
Big Bear City is an unincorporated town in San Bernardino County, California, United States along the east shore of Big Bear Lake and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. On the 18th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge, then stroll through Big Bear Lake, and then look for gifts at Village Sweet Shoppe.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Bear City trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Big Bear City takes 3 hours. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect much colder with lows of 42°F in Big Bear City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Bear City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Lake
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Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake
Village Sweet Shoppe ©
Village Sweet Shoppe

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Appreciate the collections at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park will thrill your kids. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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