5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 2 nights


San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then stop by Fisherman's Wharf. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder website.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Newark to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Yosemite National Park — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore and take pictures at Ansel Adams Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, then see the interesting displays at Paley Center for Media, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 62°F. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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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.