22 days in Philadelphia & California Itinerary

22 days in Philadelphia & California Itinerary

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Train
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly

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Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ronks (Old Windmill Farm & Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania), Dutch Wonderland (in Lancaster) and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (in Winterthur). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park, admire the landmark architecture of Boathouse Row, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia trip builder website.

Washington DC to Philadelphia is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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San Diego

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

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Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to San Diego takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

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Los Angeles

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park) and Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica). Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 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 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 74°F, while nights are colder with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): savor the flavors at Wine Tours From Tahoe, then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and then walk around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Tours · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

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San Francisco

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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of The Castro, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.