20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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 enjoy Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. Get in touch with nature at Mariposa Grove and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk for some beach relaxation. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Grove. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. Pack the 27th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and take a stroll through El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Kids will enjoy Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mission Beach Park, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). 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 · Beaches

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.