17 days in Houston & California Itinerary

17 days in Houston & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Houston
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Truckee
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Houston

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 20th (Fri), have some family-friendly fun at Exitus VR and then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Hunt. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along White Oak Bayou Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Houston Audubon, and then have some family-friendly fun at Houston Axe Throwing - Bellaire Location.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary maker.

New Orleans to Houston is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in December, expect nights in Houston to be slightly colder, around 50°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Houston

Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego road trip site.

You can fly from Houston to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Radiator Springs Racers, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and walk around Mariposa Grove.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 46°F and lows reach 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 2nd (Thu), ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country, take a pleasant ride with Tahoe Donner, and then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Truckee trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. In January, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Truckee to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Truckee in January, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are much hotter (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.