25 days in California & Texas Itinerary

25 days in California & Texas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website.

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Francisco. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, hike along Pohono Trail, and make a trip to Half Dome.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Radiator Springs Racers. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District). Pack the 17th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Los Angeles. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly to San Antonio.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SeaWorld and Splashtown. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, don't miss a visit to Main Plaza, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, and meet the residents at San Antonio Zoo.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in June, with highs in San Antonio at 93°F and lows at 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Barton Springs Pool and Texas State Capitol. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, get a new perspective on nature at Texas Memorial Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

Before you visit Austin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.