16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Foot + Bus:  5​h
3
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Zurich

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, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, do a tasting at Press Club, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Have a day of magic on the 12th (Fri) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Sat) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's much more to do: try out the rides at Downtown Disney, get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, and enjoy some diversion at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in Anaheim to be warmer, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in April, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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