5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 2 nights


San Diego — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dallas in February, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 68°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to San Francisco.
Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites
Side Trip

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at de Young Museum, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally visit Fisherman's Wharf. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in February: highs in San Francisco hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.