20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Zurich

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Exploratorium and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

5
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.
Visiting Taft Point and Panorama Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and trek along Lembert Dome.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, browse the different shops at The Grove, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Kids will enjoy SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, stroll through Children's Pool, and view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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