18 days in Texas & California Itinerary

18 days in Texas & California Itinerary

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18 days in Texas & California Itinerary

Start: Arlington
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Arlington


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1
night
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 13th (Fri), shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio trip itinerary maker site .

Arlington to San Antonio is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Arlington in December, things will get somewhat warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 66°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, then take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Austin.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Austin to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Austin in December, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
On the 24th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Pothole Dome, and stroll through Curry Village Ice Rink.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can 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 and bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 46°F and lows reach 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
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.
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, stroll around Golden Gate Park, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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