22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. The adventure continues: stroll through San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder website .

Chicago to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Diego. When traveling from Chicago in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday maker .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Santa Monica State Beach, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Get outdoors at Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Relax by the water at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, explore the galleries of USS Pampanito, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

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