23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
foot + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly + foot:  7​h
End: Cincinnati

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.
Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planning tool .

Cincinnati to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cincinnati to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cincinnati in August, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) 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
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey builder website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 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 a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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