16 days in Salt Lake City & California Itinerary

16 days in Salt Lake City & California Itinerary

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16 days in Salt Lake City & California Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  8 h
1
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
car:  9 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  17 h 15 min
End: Denver

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip planner .

Denver to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Salt Lake City is somewhat warmer than Denver - with highs of 72°F and lows of 51°F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner .

Getting from Salt Lake City to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) 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
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): do a tasting at Joyce Vineyards.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Joyce Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Joyce Vineyards ©
Joyce Vineyards

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and The Getty Villa (in Malibu). Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get advice or help at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel site .

Fly from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Camarillo Premium Outlets, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, The Getty Villa, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 21st (Tue), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Rainbow Sandals, then explore and take pictures at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and finally make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney.

Plan trip to Anaheim with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Clemente, Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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 23rd (Thu), enjoy some diversion at Petco Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel planner .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Anaheim in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Petco Park ©
Petco Park
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): make a trip to Arch Rock, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then trek along Split Rock.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park travel route planning site .

Getting from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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