26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

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

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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Golden Gate Park, wander the streets of Union Square, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
On the 26th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, explore the activities along Gaylor Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 45°F, while nights are colder with lows around 13°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

7
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 Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 2nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Start your trip to Los Angeles by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 70°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
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 San Diego with a short trip to Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SeaWorld San Diego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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