23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Truckee
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in December, you will find days in San Francisco are much warmer (59°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Truckee.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Step out of Truckee to go to South Lake Tahoe and see Magic Carpet Golf, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country, take in the awesome beauty at Granite Chief, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Truckee road trip site.

Drive from San Francisco to Truckee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Truckee hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Yosemite National Park (Badger Pass Ski Area, Sentinel Dome, &more).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Truckee to Mammoth Lakes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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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 Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Mammoth Lakes in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego route site.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trip

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.