17 days in California & Tucson Itinerary

17 days in California & Tucson Itinerary

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17 days in California & Tucson Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  6​h 45​min
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
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Tucson
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Nashville

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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip website .

Nashville to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nashville to San Francisco. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nashville in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens 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, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can 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
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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 zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online route maker .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Etherton Gallery, and then take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tucson trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from San Diego to Tucson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tucson, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 69°F. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon
390th Memorial Museum ©
390th Memorial Museum

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