5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7 h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Charlotte

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in June, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): hike along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 12 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Fun & Games
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ©
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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