20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and sample the fine beverages at Malahat Spirits.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Phoenix to San Diego is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to San Diego is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in February, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online travel planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Yosemite Village, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and explore the striking landscape at Half Dome.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Yosemite National Park to be colder, temps between 53°F and 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, then take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak, and then savor the flavors at Wine Tours From Tahoe.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In March in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Sonoma

— 2 nights
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Benziger Family Winery, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, and then join the crowd at SIMRACEWAY PERFORMANCE DRIVING CENTER.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sonoma tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Sonoma in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In March, Sonoma is somewhat warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 64°F and lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Sonoma in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.